Vanity Fair

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 27, 2005 - Fiction - 848 pages
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"I do not say there is no character as well drawn in Shakespeare [as D'Artagnan]. I do say there is none that I love so wholly."
--Robert Louis Stevenson

"The lasting and universal popularity of The Three Musketeers shows that Dumas, by artlessly expressing his own nature in the persons of his heroes, was responding to that craving for action, strength and generosity which is a fact in all periods and all places."
--Andreé Maurois
 

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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

Title Page
Before the Curtain
The Green Silk Purse
CHAPTER V
Crawley of Queens Crawley
CHAPTER IX
Quite a Sentimental Chapter
Sentimental and Otherwise
CHAPTER XXXIX
In Which Becky Revisits the Halls of Her Ancestors
CHAPTER XLII
In Which the Reader Has to Double the Cape
CHAPTER XLIV
Struggles and Trials
CHAPTER XLVII
CHAPTER XLVIII

CHAPTER XV
How Captain Dobbin Bought a Piano
Miss Crawley at Nurse
How to Live Well on Nothing a Year
CHAPTER XXXVII
A Family in a Very Small
In Which We Enjoy Three Courses and a Dessert
Contains a Vulgar Incident
CHAPTER LII
Sunday After the Battle
Georgy Is Made a Gentleman
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WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY was born in India to a long line of Yorkshire gentry recently mixed with equally ancient gentry. In 1817, two years after the death of his father a prosperous official of the East India Company, the boy was sent back to England. There he underwent the proper education of a young gentleman, including rounds of laziness and dissipation at Cambridge, where he made the acquaintance of Tennyson and other notables, and later at the Middle Temple.

He next crossed to Paris, where he studied art and made a love match with Isabella Shawe, whom he married in 1836, overcoming strong maternal resistence. The couple returned to London, where Thackeray embarked on ten years as a journalistic hack-of-all-trades. Meanwhile, two daughters were born and lived, Anne (1837) and Minny (1840), but one, Jane (1838) died after eight months. The serial publication of VANITY FAIR in 1847-48 ended Thackeray's days as a minor journalist and he went on to become the author of miscellaneous satires and reviews, including essays, lectures, and seven novels. After a period of deteriorating health, Thackeray died during the early hours of December 24th, 1863.

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