Beckford, William, 1760-1844

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1760-10-01
Death 1844-05-02
Britons
English, French

Biographical notes:

William Thomas Beckford, English writer and art collector. In 1782 he published his best known literary work, Vathek, first in French. His budding political career was derailed in 1784 by scandal surrounding his relationship with William Courtenay (1768-1835). He is perhaps best remembered for his biggest failure -- his lavish but hastily built home, Fonthill Abbey -- which collapsed twice, earning it the nickname "Beckford's Folly."

From the description of William Beckford manuscript material : 6 items, ca. 1803-1825 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 76699296

William Beckford was a noted English author, traveler, and art and book collector.

From the description of William Beckford collection, 1735-1967. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702132836

William Thomas Beckford, English writer and art collector. In 1782 he published his best known literary work, Vathek, first in French. His budding political career was derailed in 1784 by scandal surrounding his relationship with William Courtenay (1768-1835). He is perhaps best remembered for his biggest failure -- his lavish but hastily built home, Fonthill Abbey -- which collapsed twice, earning it the nickname "Beckford's Folly.".

From the guide to the William Beckford manuscript material : 7 items, ca. 1803-1825, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

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Subjects:

  • Fantasy in literature
  • English literature--18th century
  • Private libraries
  • English fiction--18th century
  • Architecture, Gothic
  • Art--Collectors and collecting
  • Novels
  • Travel
  • Architecture, Domestic

Occupations:

  • Authors, English--19th century
  • Book collectors
  • Travelers--England

Places:

  • Lansdown Tower (as recorded)
  • Bath (England) (as recorded)
  • Portugal (as recorded)
  • Europe (as recorded)
  • Spain (as recorded)
  • England (as recorded)
  • Portugal (as recorded)
  • Italy (as recorded)