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Alexander, Boyd

England’s wealthiest son. A study of William Beckford.
(London), Centaur Press Ltd 1962.
Price: 34 GBP
Reference: 13397
   

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8vo. ix + (1) + 308pp, photo frontispiece, 9 photo plates. Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper (the wrapper a little spotted and stained, and the outer page edges at the foot of the volume also slightly stained, although the staining is not visible when the book is opened).
First and only edition. Not intended as a biography (as the author carefully explains in his preface) but rather as a character study of Beckford, exploring his personality as revealed in the principal episodes of his career. It is based on a profound knowledge of the surviving documentary evidence and remains essential for any serious appreciation of Beckford’s life and attitudes ; Alexander’s discussion of Beckford’s sexuality, though less frankly phrased for a readership in the 1960s than would be feasible today, directs attention to all the relevant passages in Beckford’s correspomdence. Millington p.27.

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