Hen I was collecting documents for The Life and Letters of William Beckford, of Fonthill, 1 was so fortunate as to obtain permission from the Duke of Hamilton, a collateral descendant of the author of Vathek, to examine the Beckford papers pre served at Hamilton Palace. In the two large chests containing these papers (never before examined by any literary man) I found, besides much important material for the biography, some large bundles of manuscripts. These manuscripts, written in French, were the unpublished Episodes of Beckford's famous Oriental tale, Vathek, which were supposed to have been lost. Whatever value may be set upon the Episodes, there can be no doubt that the discovery, or rather recovery, of them was peculiarly interesting; and I regarded myself as fortunate when the Duke of Hamilton generously acceded to my request to be allowed to introduce them to the public. The two shorter stories have been printed in the original French in The English Review (december 1909; August, September and now for the first time the three Episodes appear in an English translation by Sir Frank T. Marzials, C.D. II To the Duke of Hamilton I am deeply indebted for permission to publish the tales; and I am not less the debtor of Sir Frank T. Marzials, who very kindly presented me with his admirable translation.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - William Beckford
Published Date - August 30 2019
ISBN - 9780267274697
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
Page Count - 387
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