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William BeckfordFirst Prime Minister of the London Empire$
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Perry Gauci

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300166750

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300166750.001.0001

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The Cultural Chameleon

The Cultural Chameleon

(p.137) Chapter Six The Cultural Chameleon
William Beckford

Perry Gauci

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the efforts made by commentators to disentangle the public from the private individual, which highlighted the degree of press interest in Beckford and reflected his social and political advancement on many fronts. Politics so thoroughly coursed through Beckford's veins that any consideration of the more private man inevitably encompasses the political sphere. He was always building upon the metropolitan progress achieved since his return from Jamaica, and the Genuine Narrative hints at the constant pressures he faced as a public figure in the mid-eighteenth-century spotlight. Although problematic for him, the elision of his public and private lives is highly revealing for the historian, for his social and cultural activity presents further opportunities for understanding the challenges he faced as a transatlantic figure.

Keywords:   metropolitan progress, Jamaica, Genuine Narrative, transatlantic figure

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