Vanity Fair - William Thackeray (Paperback)

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Product Details

Barcode
9780486457529
Department
Books
Released
20 Jul 2016
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
William Thackeray
William Makepeace Thackeray
George Saintsbury (Editor)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Dover Publications
Edition
First Edition, First ed.
Series
Dover Thrift Editions
Language
English
Number of Pages
576
Dimensions
203 x 127mm (203g)

Annotation

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.

Summary

  • 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."

Fiction

General Subject
Literature/Classics
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
823/.8

Author Bio

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.