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Beckford

(ˈbɛkfəd)
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(Biography) William. 1759–1844, English writer and dilettante; author of the oriental romance Vathek (1787)
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It is interesting that in the last of these lists he combined people from his own era like William Beckford, William Bankes, and Lord Byron, with Alexander the Great, the Emperor Hadrian, and William Shakespeare.
What did Jane Austen know about the ideas that worried such writers as William Beckford, William Godwin, the Third Earl of Shaftesbury, and Sydney Smith?
Vathek Gothic novel by Beckford, William, published in 1786.