Vathek : Nonsuch Classics, Paperback / softback Book

Vathek : Nonsuch Classics Paperback / softback


Vathek, a virtual fantasy autobiography of William Beckford, was the first Oriental Gothic horror novel in English literature.

First published in 1786, it relates the story of the villainous Caliph Vathek, a man devoted to sensual pleasures and obsessed with the acquisition of knowledge and beautiful objects alike, who builds a great tower to 'penetrate the secrets of heaven'.

Set in the exotic surroundings of Arabia, Vathek is a classic tale of lust for riches and power, where magic, trickery and betrayal abound.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781845880606


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