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Vathek: With the Episodes of Vathek (Broadview Literary Texts)

ISBN13: 9781551112817
ISBN: 1551112817
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $24.95
Publisher: Broadview Press
Published Date:
Edition 1
Pages: 397
Average Goodreads rating: 3.28/5 (43 ratings)

William Beckford's Vathek is a touchstone of eighteenth-century Orientalism and of the Gothic novel. Beckford's later work, The Episodes of Vathek, shares Vathek's irreverent and decadent style, and an edition that unites the two has long been overdue. The Broadview edition includes a newly discovered early version of the first episode, never before in print, that centres on male-male love, as well the previously published version that was re-written by Beckford as a heterosexual narrative. This edition, based on that of 1823 - the last one edited by the author - also introduces The Episodes in the order Beckford planned, and incorporates his final corrections.