William Makepeace Thackeray

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byCharles Whibley

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Writing to Frederick Tennyson in 1842, Edward FitzGerald, a Cassandra of criticism, said: "Tell Thackeray not to go to Punch yet." Artistically the advice was sound. A comic paper, were it possible, would be like a dinner of sauces, such as an accomplished cook would not consent to prepare. No man can be funny either to order or at all times, and wit is so precious a gift that it should flash upon us unexpectedly. Punch, moreover, was already pontifical, though but a year old. It had already taken its place among British institutions, and despite its profession of wit and humour, it was (and is) portentously serious. The mahogany-tree became sacred as soon as it was carved, and it is not surprising to any one who turns over its pages that its jubilee was celebrated by a religious service. But to Thackeray it was not so much a field for artistic expression as a means of livelihood. For some ten years he served it loyally, and contributed to its columns a vast deal of workmanlike journalism. There the matter might have ended; a few memorable pages might have been rescued from oblivion, and the rest buried, as journalism should always be buried, in the columns where first it saw the light. But the demon of curiosity pursued Thackeray from Fraser's to Punchy so that it is our own fault if we do not know every line and scratch which he sent to our only comic paper. The archaeologist has devoted infinite research to the discovery of the unimportant. He has told us how many "cartoons" were the fruit of Thackeray's suggestion, how many "social cuts" Thackeray's ingenuity designed. He has traced, with indisputable authority, the hand of Thackeray through many a weary volume. He tells us how often his victim calls himself "Muff," how often he prefers to be known as "Spec....

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Writing to Frederick Tennyson in 1842, Edward FitzGerald, a Cassandra of criticism, said: "Tell Thackeray not to go to Punch yet." Ar...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217150020

ISBN - 13:9780217150026

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