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Vanity fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

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Title
Vanity fair - a novel without a hero
Author
William Makepeace Thackeray
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20150611

'I think I could be a good woman if I had five thousand a year.'Becky Sharp is sharp, calculating, and determined to succeed.
Craving wealth and a position in society, she charms, hoodwinks, manipulates everyone she meets, rising in the world as she attaches herself to a succession of rich men. Becky's fortunes are contrasted with those of her best friend Amelia, who has none of Becky's wit and vitality but whose gentle-heartedness attracts the devotion of the loyal Dobbin. Set during the Napoleonic wars, Vanity Fair follows Becky as she cuts a swathe through Regency society.
Thackeray paints a panoramic portrait of the age, with war, money and national identity his great subjects. The battle for social success is as fierce as the battle of Waterloo, and its casualties as stricken. The satire is at once biting and profound, sparing none in a clear-eyed exposure of a world on the make. Thackeray's scepticism of human motives borders on cynicism yetVanity Fair is among the funniest novels of the Victorian age. This new edition includes all Thackeray's original illustrations. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Helen Small is the author of The Long Life (2007), winner of the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism (2008) and the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize from the British Academy (2008).
For Oxford World's Classics she has edited George Eliot's The Lifted Veil and Brother Jacob, Emily Bront's Wuthering Heights, and Trollope's The Eustace Diamonds and The Last Chronicle of Barset. Her most recent book is The Value of
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We are more immersed in war now than we have ever been; we experience it and are affected by it remotely even when our country isn't actively participating. By focusing on how war affects the people who aren't heroes, Thackeray has given us the greatest novel about Waterloo, and one that is just as relevant 200 years later."

Telegraph online, Jonathan McAloon

Type
BOOK
Edition
New edition
Keyword Index
Waterloo, Battle of, Waterloo, Belgium, 1815 - Fiction.|British - Europe - Fiction.|Female friendship - Fiction.|Social classes - Fiction.|Married women - Fiction.|England - Fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
lvi, 967

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