Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray (Paperback)

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Set during the Napoleonic wars, Vanity Fair follows Becky Sharp as she cuts a swathe through Regency society. War, money, and national identity are the themes of Thackeray's great satirical novel, as it exposes a world on the make. In Becky, Thackeray created one of the most memorable female characters in Victorian fiction.

Product Details

Barcode
9780198727712
Department
Books
Released
1 Aug 2015
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
William Makepeace Thackeray
Helen Small (Editor)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Oxford Univ Pr
Series
Oxford World's Classics
Language
English
Number of Pages
976
Dimensions
193 x 123 x 46mm (698g)

Summary

'I think I could be a good woman if I had five thousand a year.'

Becky Sharp is sharp, calculating, and determined to succeed. Craving wealth and a position in society, she charms, hoodwinks, manipulates everyone she meets, rising in the world as she attaches herself to a succession of rich men. Becky's fortunes are contrasted with those of her best friend
Amelia, who has none of Becky's wit and vitality but whose gentle-heartedness attracts the devotion of the loyal Dobbin.

Set during the Napoleonic wars, Vanity Fair follows Becky as she cuts a swathe through Regency society. Thackeray paints a panoramic portrait of the age, with war, money and national identity his great subjects. The battle for social success is as fierce as the battle of Waterloo, and its casualties
as stricken. The satire is at once biting and profound, sparing none in a clear-eyed exposure of a world on the make. Thackeray's scepticism of human motives borders on cynicism yet Vanity Fair is among the funniest novels of the Victorian age. This new edition includes all Thackeray's original
illustrations.

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Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Literary
BISAC Subject 2
Literary Collections / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
BIC Classification 1
Napoleonic Wars
BIC Classification 2
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
BIC Classification 3
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Library Subject 1
England
Library Subject 2
Humorous fiction
Library Subject 3
Married women
Dewey Classification
813

Author Bio

Helen Small is the author of The Long Life (2007), winner of the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism (2008) and the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize from the British Academy (2008). For Oxford World's Classics she has edited George Eliot's The Lifted Veil and Brother Jacob, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, and Trollope's The Eustace Diamonds and The Last Chronicle of Barset. Her most recent book is The Value of
the Humanities (2013).