Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

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Penguin Books, 2004 - Fiction - 862 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 social ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of English society in the early 1800s, battles military and domestic are fought, fortunes made and lost. The one steadfast and honorable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin, devoted to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to William Thackeray s gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure.

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VANITY FAIR Before the Curtain
Chiswick Mall
In which Miss Sharp and Miss Sedley prepare to open the Campaign

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William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 1863) was born in Calcutta but sent to England at the age of six. A journalist for many years, he wrote many novels with a socially satirical edge, including The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. and, most famously, Vanity Fair.

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