Waking Thoughts and Incidents (1783)
is still no perfectly sound explanation as to why William Beckford’s
second book, Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents; In a Series
of Letters, From Various Parts of Europe – printed
in London in 1783 – was suppressed by the author prior
to its release to the public. Whether due to the occasionally
or due to the political sensibilities which the contents might offend,
the book was never released to the public and today, only some
copies of an original print run of 500 remain in existence.
Beckford revised the work – heavily – for inclusion in Italy;
with Sketches of Spain and Portugal (1834), but it would not be
until 1891 that the book was printed and released in its original form.
The rough version provided by Beckfordiana is intended as a study-aid
only. Use it; read it; search for phrases or words and recurring themes
in the Beckfordian canon... but should the need arise for a scholarly
quotation, there is still no substitute for Robert J. Gemmett’s
excellent (and sadly out-of-print) 1971 edition of Dreams.
Gemmett’s footnotes and introduction provide this seminal work
with an essential and thought-provoking contextual framework.
Thanks are due to Stephanie Mikes for invaluable help in proof-reading
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Italics have not been retained in this online edition and no original
pagination is provided.