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Vanity Fair 2

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

William Thackeray (1811 - 1863)

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bookbug January 27th, 2006 04:31 PM PST

"Vanity Fair" is the obvious place to start--a rich, delightful, funny and occasionally very telling masterpiece. But don't miss "Henry Esmond." Most people do miss it, but it's a terrific book.

Hesperus Press March 16th, 2007 08:30 AM PST

While 'Vanity Fair' is undoubtedly a masterpiece and is Thackeray's most celebrated work, the lesser known 'Rebecca and Rowena' is a wonderful example of Thackeray's refreshing irreverence in the face of Victorian piety and pomposity. It features Thackeray at his most contrary and cutting, and is a warts-and-all alternative to romantic cliches. See the link to the right for a more complete description.

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FROM: http:/kirjasto.sci.fi/wmthacke.htm

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) - Pseudonyms Charles James Yellowplush, Michael Angelo Titmarsh, George Savage FitzBoodle



English journalist, novelist, famous for his novel VANITY FAIR (1847-48), a tale of two middle-class London families. Most of Thackeray's major novels were published as monthly serials. Thackeray studied in a satirical and moralistic light upper- and middle-class English life - he was once seen as the equal of his contemporary Dickens, or even as his superior.

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