Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents


Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents



By William Beckford ; new rev. ed. by Robert J. Gemmett [College at Brockport emeritus], editor.

"Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents" is a series of letters composed by William Beckford as a result of a Grand Tour on the continent in 1780-81. From brief daily notes kept during this tour, Beckford composed, not simply a travel journal, but a composition which gave occasional glimpses into the inner thoughts and dreams of the author. Strangely, Beckford himself suppressed the book on its release, destroying almost 500 copies of the original print. A much modified and toned down version was finally released in 1834 incorporated in Italy; with "Sketches of Spain and Portugal". Robert Gemmett's edition in contrast is an almost verbatim copy of the original edition of 1783, and provides a compelling early glimpse into the mind of a man who was to become universally known in later life as the 'Fool of Fonthill'.

Robert J. Gemmett is an English Professor in State University New York, Brockport. An acclaimed expert on William Beckford and his works, his numerous publications include The Consummate Collector: William Beckford's Letters to His Bookseller and Beckford's Fonthill: The Rise of a Romantic Icon.



Publication Date


Publication Information

Gloucestershire, U.K. : Nonsuch, 2006.

256 p., [8] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.


English Language and Literature




Located in Drake Library at: PR4092 .A42 2006

Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents