Vanity Fair - William Thackeray (Paperback)
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- R 207
- 20 Jul 2016
- Supply Source
- Dover Publications
- First Edition, First ed.
- Dover Thrift Editions
- Number of Pages
- 203 x 127mm (203g)
Flavored with period detail, from Waterloo to the struggles of the Anglo-Indian society, this book lampoons England's upper crust and their single-minded pursuit of riches. It follows the ebbs and flows of two classic literary heroines: rich Becky, poor Amelia.
Subtitled "a novel without a hero," Vanity Fair offers an
acidly satirical romp across all levels of English society during
the Napoleonic wars. William Thackeray focuses on how the war
affects people other than soldiers, the typical heroes. All of his
characters are deeply flawed, from social climber Becky Sharp and
sweet Amelia Sedley to caddish George Osborne and loyal William
Dobbin. Becky, liar and hypocrite, takes center stage as one of
literature's great female protagonists. Penniless, armed with only
her beauty, charm, and cunning, she claws her way forward by
practicing the corrupt principles of her world. Becky seduces her
enemies and betrays friends with a charismatic energy that has
captivated generations of readers.
Regarded as Thackeray's best novel and masterpiece, Vanity Fair was published in serial form in 1847&;48 in Punch and established the author's literary reputation as well as his social status and financial security. Critic A. E. Dyson acclaimed it as "one of the world's most devious novels, devious in its characterization, its irony, its explicit moralizing, its exuberance, its tone. Few novels demand more continuing alertness from the reader, or offer more intellectual and moral stimulation in return."
- General Subject
- BISAC Subject 1
- Fiction / Classics
- 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.
- Dewey Classification
In his day, William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-63) enjoyed a popularity equivalent to that of Charles Dickens. A contributor to Punch and an editor of the Cornhill Magazine, Thackeray possessed an acerbic wit that he directed chiefly at middle-class Victorian morality. Vanity Fair is his best-known work; his other books include The Luck of Barry Lyndon and The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.