Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics)

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This is Thackeray's rich and gloriously chaotic sketch of English society during the Napoleonic wars. At the centre of this picture is the scheming and disreputable Becky Sharp, one of Thackeray's greatest creations. The style here is fast-paced and comic, but the character of Dobbin and his unrequited love for Amelia bring depth and pathos to the novel. Dobbin, the unheroic hero, is Thackeray's realistic answer to the hero-worship of high romanticism. The novel stands as a landmark in the development of European Realism.

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William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) born and educated to be a gentleman but gambled away much of his fortune while at Cambridge. He then trained as a lawyer before turning to journalism. He was a regular contributor to periodicals and magazines and 'Vanity Fair' was serialised in Punch in 1847-8. His other novels include 'The Luck of Barry Lyndon' and 'The History of Henry Esmond. John Carey is Professor of English at Oxford University. He has written on Dickens and Thackeray.

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