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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair( )
Author: Thackeray, William Makepeace
ISBN:978-1-78724-834-2
Publication Date:Aug 2018
Publisher:Max Bollinger
Imprint:Sovereign
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $33.99
Book Description:

Vanity Fair is one of the most distinguished works written by William Makepeace Thackeray. The novel satirises whole swaths of humanity while retaining a light touch. It also features Thackeray's most memorable character, the engagingly roguish Becky Sharp. The novel is considered a classic of English literature, presenting a panoramic portrait of English society of the time.

Book Details
Pages:694
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
Author Biography
Thackeray, William Makepeace (Author)
William Makepeace Thackeray was born in Calcutta, India, where his father was in service to the East India Company. After the death of his father in 1816, he was sent to England to attend school. Upon reaching college age, Thackeray attended Trinity College, Cambridge, but he left before completing his degree. Instead, he devoted his time to traveling and journalism.

Generally considered the most effective satirist and humorist of the mid-nineteenth century, Thackeray moved from humorous journalism to successful fiction with a facility that was partially the result of a genial fictional persona and a graceful, relaxed style. At his best, he held up a mirror to Victorian manners and morals, gently satirizing, with a tone of sophisticated acceptance, the inevitable failure of the individual and of society. He took up the popular fictional situation of the young person of talent who must make his way in the world and dramatized it with satiric directness in The Luck of Barry Lyndon (1844), with the highest fictional skill and appreciation of complexities inherent within the satiric vision in his masterpiece, Vanity Fair (1847), and with a great subtlety of point of view and background in his one historical novel, Henry Esmond (1852). Vanity Fair, a complex interweaving in a vast historical panorama of a large number of characters, derives its title from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and attempts to invert for satirical purposes, the traditional Christian image of the City of God. Vanity Fair, the corrupt City of Man, remains Thackeray's most appreciated and widely read novel. It contrasts the lives of two boarding-school friends, Becky Sharp and Amelia Smedley.

Constantly attuned to the demands of incidental journalism and his sense of professionalism in his relationship with his public, Thackeray wrote entertaining sketches and children's stories and published his humorous lectures on eighteenth-century life and literature. His own fiction shows



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