Letters relating to Boyd Alexander's biography of William Beckford

Boyd Alexander [William Beckford]

Published by Unpublished, Oxfordshire, 1976
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A collection of 5 Typed letters presenting a tetchy correspondence from the William Beckford scholar Boyd Alexander which discuss in increasingly acrimonious terms his research work on the eighteenth century novelist and patron of the arts, William Beckford. Alexander begins in February 1976 with an affable response to a doctoral student who has enquired about his work but quickly displays his irritation about the 'greatest difficult in getting E.W.S. published' despite being 'the leading authority on B[eckford]'. The correspondence swiftly degenerates into arguments about Beckford scholarship and sniping about his correspondent's expectations about the possibility of unpublished manuscript material: 'What makes you think I have unpublished material? I would like to know who told you this.' Taken together an entertaining picture of the frustrations engendered by scholarship. Please contact Christian White at Modernfirsteditions if you would like more information about these letters. Bookseller Inventory # 002187

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Title: Letters relating to Boyd Alexander's ...

Publisher: Unpublished, Oxfordshire

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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