Recollections of an Excursion to the
Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha (1835)
In 1835, Beckford published his last work, the travelogue Recollections
of an Excursion to the Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha.
As the Advertisement proclaimed somewhat enigmatically, the book was
an expansion of some slight notes on an excursion undertaken in 1794.
considered Beckford's best work beside Vathek, the Recollections
is certainly Beckford's most polished piece of writing, displaying
a mild wit and an array of colorful anecdotes that highlight a process
of fictionalisation of fact which is integral to Beckford's writings
considered as a whole. The entire work was composed in Bath, fourty
years and many hundred of miles from the places described within it:
the serene settings of Lansdown Crescent and Lansdown Tower (depicted
on the left), and the "expansion of memory", were the creative
framework of its conception.
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