The Travel-Diaries of William Beckford of Fonthill - Vol. 1

The Travel-Diaries of William Beckford of Fonthill - Vol. 1

The Travel-Diaries of William Beckford of Fonthill - Vol. 1

The Travel-Diaries of William Beckford of Fonthill - Vol. 1

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I had not intended when I originally planned a new edition of Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incident to include more than a brief biographical note to the book itself; but on going into the matter of the suppression of the 1783 edition, I was gradually driven to the conclusion that in addition to the many omissions in the few exiſting biographies of William Beckford, there were also serious errors in the dates, persons and places. Starting then dully enough with no thought but to correct one or two manifeſ misſtatements, I soon found that the true ſtory of Beckford's life was very different from that given by all his biographers. It therefore became necessary to verify every fact and in doing so, I found it impossible to bring any clear account of him within the limits of a couple of thousand words. I have compressed and cut away as much as I feel juſtified in doing, but even now it exceeds the bounds I set myself. This muſt be my excuse for burdening an already long book with so long an account of its author.

As it may possibly be considered a pace beyond the borders of polite criticism to touch on the Courtenay episode, I feel that some explanation is due.

After a careful ſtudy of Beckford's life, I decided that to omit all reference to the scandal which so closely touched him, was impossible if I was to give any true account of the moſt active and moſt intereſting years. Of the three exiſting biographies, that in the D.N.B.,Cyrus Redding's sycophantic abomination, and Mr Lewis Melville Life and Letters of William Beckford . . .

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