Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

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Penguin Books, 2001 - British - 866 pages
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Among the vibrant cast of characters who scheme and scramble for life's prizes in this entertaining saga, no one is better equipped than Becky Sharp, Thackeray's supreme creation. Brilliant, alluring, and ruthless, she defies her poverty-stricken background to climb the social ladder, while her sentimental companion Amelia longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of English society during the Napoleonic wars, military and domestic battles are fought and fortunes are made and lost. Amid the fast-paced comic action stands Dobbin, a true gentleman in a corrupt world, whose unrequited love for Amelia brings pathos and depth to Thackeray's epic satire.

This edition includes a new introduction, a chronology of Thackeray's life and works, a select reading list, and an appendix containing parodic material Thackeray cut from the 1853 edition.

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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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I read this in high school for a senior English class for one of our quarterly book reports. Absolutely hated the main character. Read full review

Contents

Before the Curtain
5
which Miss Sharp and Miss Sedley prepare to open
15
Rebecca is in Presence of the Enemy
25
Copyright

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William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was 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. Vanity Fairwas serialized in Punchin 1847-1848.

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