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Vanity Fair

by William Makepeace Thackeray

May 1, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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Two young women, Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley, leave Miss Pinkerton's Academy together. They are friends, yet the witty and flirtatious Becky looks set to outdo the passive, sweet-natured Amelia with her ruthless determination to grab what she can in life. And so all kinds of battles and fortunes are won and lost against a backdrop of the Napoleonic wars.

Thackeray's satire and corruption at every level of English society is rightly subtitled 'a novel without a hero', since none of its characters have improved themselves by the end. However, it was a success from its first appearance in 1847 and remains one of the greatest comic novels.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: May 1, 2013

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1848376111

ISBN - 13: 9781848376113

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Vanity Fair

by William Makepeace Thackeray

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: May 1, 2013

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1848376111

ISBN - 13: 9781848376113

About the Book

The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Art / Fashion; Fiction / Classics; Fiction / Literary; Foreign Language Study / English as a Second Language; Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh; Social Science / Social Classes;

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Two young women, Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley, leave Miss Pinkerton's Academy together. They are friends, yet the witty and flirtatious Becky looks set to outdo the passive, sweet-natured Amelia with her ruthless determination to grab what she can in life. And so all kinds of battles and fortunes are won and lost against a backdrop of the Napoleonic wars.

Thackeray's satire and corruption at every level of English society is rightly subtitled 'a novel without a hero', since none of its characters have improved themselves by the end. However, it was a success from its first appearance in 1847 and remains one of the greatest comic novels.

About the Author

William Makepeace Thackeray was born in Calcutta, India, where his father was in service to the East India Company. After the death of his father in 1816, he was sent to England to attend school. Upon reaching college age, Thackeray attended Trinity College, Cambridge, but he left before completing his degree. Instead, he devoted his time to traveling and journalism. Generally considered the most effective satirist and humorist of the mid-nineteenth century, Thackeray moved from humorous journalism to successful fiction with a facility that was partially the result of a genial fictional persona and a graceful, relaxed style. At his best, he held up a mirror to Victorian manners and morals, gently satirizing, with a tone of sophisticated acceptance, the inevitable failure of the individual and of society. He took up the popular fictional situation of the young person of talent who must make his way in the world and dramatized it with satiric directness in The Luck of Barry Lyndon (1844), with the highest fictional skill and appreciation of complexities inherent within the satiric vision in his masterpiece, Vanity Fair (1847), and with a great subtlety of point of view and background in his one historical novel, Henry Esmond (1852). Vanity Fair, a complex interweaving in a vast historical panorama of a large number of characters, derives its title from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and attempts to invert for satirical purposes, the traditional Christian image of the City of
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