Beckford, William, 1760-1844

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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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referencedIn Waterhouse, Ellis Kirkham, 1905-. Notebooks and research files, 1801-1987 (bulk 1924-1979). Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Portrait file: Guide. Houghton Library
referencedIn Frederick R. Koch collection, 1640-1983 Yale University Library
creatorOf Beckford, William, 1760-1844. Autograph letter signed in the third person : to Sir Peter Burrell, 1788 Jan. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf William Beckford manuscript material : 7 items, ca. 1803-1825 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Newcastle, Henry Pelham, Duke of, 1811-1864. Journal of a voyage in the yacht Gitana to the Mediterranean, 1849 Sept 20-Nov 27. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Newcastle, Henry Pelham, Duke of, 1811-1864. Journal of a voyage in the yacht Gitana to the Mediterranean, 1849 Sept 20-Nov 27. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Papers of William Beckford, 1787-1811, 1787-1811 Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library
creatorOf Beckford, William, 1760-1844. William Beckford manuscript material : 6 items, ca. 1803-1825 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Beckford, William, 1760-1844. [Miscellaneous uncataloged materials relating to William Beckford] Indiana University
creatorOf Beckford, William, 1760-1844. William Beckford collection, 1735-1967. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Beckford, William, 1760-1844. Italy : with sketches of Spain and Portugal : manuscript, 1834. Houghton Library
referencedIn Koch, Frederick R.,. Frederick R. Koch collection, ca. 1600-1960. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Beckford, William, 1760-1844. Correspondence, 1797-1836. Houghton Library
creatorOf Orthodox Eastern Church. [Hamilton lectionary]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Beckford, William, 1760-1844. Letter Mr. Clarke. Bath, Eng. 1832 Oct. 31. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D Houghton Library
referencedIn Autograph letter signed from John Britton to the Duke of Bedford (1766-1839) and engraved plate of Bolton Castle, September 3, 1823
referencedIn Britton, John, 1771-1857. John Britton manuscript material : 1 item, 1844 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson),. Frederick R. Koch collection, 1640-1983. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Cork and Orrery, Mary (Monckton) Boyle, Countess of, 1748-1840. Autograph letter signed : Burlington Street [London], to William Beckford, 1808 Aug. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf James I, King of England, 1566-1625. Daemonologie in form of a dialogue [manuscript], ca. 1592. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Beckford, William, 1760-1844. Episodes of Vathek : volumes I-III : [drafts and fair copies] / by William Beckford.
creatorOf Beckford, William, 1760-1844,. Letter : from Arthur Jarratt, 1835 Jan. 18. Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers of William Beckford (1760-1844), author, 1702-1857 Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
referencedIn Ballantyne, Charles, 1903-. Letters, 1934-1972. Indiana University
referencedIn John Britton manuscript material : 1 item, 1844 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Frederick R. Koch collection, 1640-1983 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Book collectors miscellaneous papers, 1649-1937. Houghton Library
referencedIn Murray, John, 1737-1808. John Murray land papers, 1734-1828. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Britton, John, 1771-1857. Autograph letter signed from John Britton to the Duke of Bedford (1766-1839) and engraved plate of Bolton Castle. Florida State University
referencedIn Vigil, Julian Josue, 1946-. A nightmare in literary criticism / by Juliʹan Josuʹe Vigil. New Mexico Highlands University, Donnelly Library
referencedIn Papers of Boyd Alexander relating to William Beckford, 18th-20th century Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
referencedIn Papers of John Hodgkin, 19th-20th century Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
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associatedWith Ballantyne, Charles, 1903- person
associatedWith Beckford, William, 1709-1770. person
associatedWith Britton, John, 1771-1857. person
associatedWith Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824. person
associatedWith Carter, John, 1905-1975. person
associatedWith Cattermole, George, 1800-1868. person
associatedWith Clark, John. person
associatedWith Cork and Orrery, Mary (Monckton) Boyle, Countess of, 1748-1840. person
associatedWith Fonthill Abbey. corporateBody
associatedWith Gwydir, Peter Burrell, Baron, 1754-1820, person
associatedWith Hamilton, William, Sir, 1730-1803. person
associatedWith Henley, Samuel, 1740-1815. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith James I, King of England, 1566-1625. person
associatedWith Jarrett, A. (Arthur) person
associatedWith Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson), person
associatedWith Murray, John, 1737-1808. person
associatedWith Newcastle, Henry Pelham, Duke of, 1811-1864. person
associatedWith Orthodox Eastern Church. corporateBody
associatedWith Vigil, Julian Josue, 1946- person
associatedWith Waterhouse, Ellis Kirkham, 1905- person
associatedWith William Beckford, 1760-1844 person
associatedWith Wyatt, James, 1746-1813. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Lansdown Tower
Bath (England)
Portugal
Europe
Spain
England
Portugal
Italy
Subject
Fantasy in literature
English literature--18th century
Private libraries
English fiction--18th century
Architecture, Gothic
Art--Collectors and collecting
Novels
Travel
Architecture, Domestic
Occupation
Authors, English--19th century
Book collectors
Travelers--England
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Birth 1760-10-01

Death 1844-05-02

Britons

English,

French

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