William Beckford

Vathek

1786

Main Details
Author
William Beckford
Date
1786 First published
Publication Location London, England
Genre
Language French
Notes First published in English in 1786 without Beckford's name as "An Arabian Tale, From an Unpublished Manuscript," claiming to be translated directly from Arabic.

The novel was originally written in French, which was then translated into English by Samuel Henley. Henley published his English version before the original French - simply titled as "Vathek" - was published in December 1786 (postdated 1787).

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