Vanity Fair

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Penguin UK, Aug 3, 2006 - Fiction - 912 pages
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No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles - military and domestic - are fought, fortunes made and lost. The one steadfast and honourable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure.
 

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User Review  - TheEditrix - LibraryThing

Read the first couple of chapters last night and ARDSJDSG MY GOODNESS this is going to be so good. It's been way too long since I last read a Victorian classic. Read full review

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User Review  - benuathanasia - LibraryThing

Ok, I'm not going to lie, by and large I have little idea what this was about (it was kinda like shoving four seasons of a television sitcom into one weekend...). That being said, I found it hilarious ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
Vanity Fair has strong claims to be the greatest novel in
SELECT READING LIST
A NOTE ON THE TEXT
Before the Curtain
Chiswick Mall
In which Miss Sharp and Miss Sedley prepare to open the Campaign
Rebecca is in Presence of the Enemy
In which Miss Crawleys Relations are very anxious about
James Crawleys Pipe is put
Widow and Mother
How to live well on Nothing a Year
The Subject continued
A Family in a very Small
A Cynical Chapter
In which Becky is recognized by the Family

The Green Silk Purse
Dobbin of Ours
Vauxhall
Crawley of Queens Crawley
Private and Confidential
Family Portraits
Miss Sharp begins to make Friends
Arcadian Simplicity
Quite a Sentimental Chapter
Sentimental and Otherwise
Miss Crawley at Home
In which Rebeccas Husband appears for a Short Time
The Letter on the Pincushion
How Captain Dobbin bought a Piano
Who played on the Piano Captain Dobbin bought?
Miss Crawley at Nurse
In which Captain Dobbin acts as the Messenger of Hymen
A Quarrel about an Heiress
A Marriage and Part of a Honeymoon
Captain Dobbin proceeds on his Canvass
In which Mr Osborne takes down the Family Bible
In which all the Principal Personages think fit to leave Brighton
Between London and Chatham
In which Amelia joins Her Regiment
In which Amelia invades the Low Countries
Brussels
The Girl I left behind Me
In which Jos Sedley takes Care of his Sister
In which Jos takes Flight and the War is brought to a Close
In which Becky revisits the Halls of her Ancestors
Which treats of the Osborne Family
In which the Reader has to double the Cape
A Roundabout Chapter between London and Hampshire
Between Hampshire and London
Struggles and Trials
Gaunt House
In which the Reader is introduced to the very best of Company
In which we enjoy three Courses and a Dessert
Contains a Vulgar Incident
In which a Charade is acted which may or may not Puzzle the Reader
In which Lord Steyne shows himself in a most amiable Light
A Rescue and a Catastrophe
Sunday after the Battle
In which the same Subject is pursued
Georgy is made a Gentleman
Eothen 58 Our Friend the Major
The old Piano
Returns to the Genteel World
In which two Lights are put
Am Rhein
In which we meet an old Acquaintance
A Vagabond Chapter
Full of Business and Pleasure
Amantium Irę 67 Which contains Births Marriages and Deaths
NOTES
CHRONOLOGY OF THACKERAYS LIFE AND WORKS
PARODY
TEXTUAL VARIANTS FOLLOWPENGUIN

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About the author (2006)

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was born and educated to be a gentleman but gambled away much of his fortune while at Cambridge. He 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.
John Carey is Professor of English at Oxford University. He has written on Dickens and Thackeray.

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