History speaks to us with two voices, the living truth and the later documents and if these are to harmonize great integrity is needed. William Beckford as we know, rode very loosely indeed in this respect and the search for truth has to be made through the tangles of his considerable literary imagination and talent, put in the main at the service of his own reputation. At the same time, there has been much writing up of his story at a later date.
Our late member, Mr. Boyd Alexander was the pioneer among the Beckford documents, making clear for modern readers the true story of this fascinating but some think repellent character who evoked in Portugal such affection and dislike in the Portuguese and British respectively. The present researchers limit themselves in this paper to a purely topographical aspect, a modest addition we hope, to the byways of Beckfordiana, already so well explored.
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