Son of a rich London alderman, he was bequeathed property which produced an income of one hundred thousand pounds a year, a staggering sum at the time. Aged 22, he is alleged to have written the Arabic tale ‘Vathek’, in only three days and two nights. Upon this work his fame rests. He spent the rest of his days spending his fortune on extravagances and vagaries.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Back Home