Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray (Hardcover)

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No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George.

Product Details

Barcode
9780141199542
Department
Books
Released
27 Aug 2013
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
William Thackeray
William Makepeace Thackeray
John Carey (Editor)
John Carey (Introduction by)
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Penguin Group USA
Series
Penguin Clothbound Classics
Language
English
Number of Pages
866
Dimensions
203 x 140 x 57mm (1.01kg)

Annotation

  • No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George.
  • Chronicles the exploits of Becky Sharp, an unscrupulous young woman who is determined to achieve wealth and social success.

Summary

William Makepeace Thackeray's classic tale of class, society, and corruption, soon to be an Amazon mini-series starring Olivia Cooke

No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles—military and domestic—are fought, fortunes made and lost. The one steadfast and honourable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure.

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design In William Thackeray's Vanity Fair, no one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles - military and domestic - are fought, fortunes made and lost. The one steadfast and honourable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure.

Fiction

General Subject
Literature/Classics
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Classics
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Literary
BIC Classification 1
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Waterloo, Battle of, Waterloo, Belgium, 1815; Fiction.
Library Subject 2
British; Europe; Fiction.
Library Subject 3
Female friendship; Fiction.
Academic Subject 1
19Th Century English Novel And Short Story
Academic Subject 2
Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863
Dewey Classification
823/.8

Author Bio

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was born and educated to be a gentleman but gambled away much of his fortune while at Cambridge. He trained as a lawyer before turning to journalism. He was a regular contributor to periodicals and magazines and Vanity Fair was serialised in Punch in 1847-8.
John Carey is Professor of English at Oxford University. He has written on Dickens and Thackeray.

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