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Upon reaching college age, Thackeray attended Trinity College, Cambridge, but he left before completing his degree. Instead, he devoted his time to traveling and journalism. Generally considered the most effective satirist and humorist of the mid-nineteenth century, Thackeray moved from humorous journalism to successful fiction with a facility that was partially the result of a genial fictional persona and a graceful, relaxed style.

At his best, he held up a mirror to Victorian manners and morals, gently satirizing, with a tone of sophisticated acceptance, the inevitable failure of the individual and of society. He took up the popular fictional situation of the young person of talent who must make his way in the world and dramatized it with satiric directness in The Luck of Barry Lyndon , with the highest fictional skill and appreciation of complexities inherent within the satiric vision in his masterpiece, Vanity Fair , and with a great subtlety of point of view and background in his one historical novel, Henry Esmond Vanity Fair, a complex interweaving in a vast historical panorama of a large number of characters, derives its title from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and attempts to invert for satirical purposes, the traditional Christian image of the City of God.


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Vanity Fair, the corrupt City of Man, remains Thackeray's most appreciated and widely read novel. It contrasts the lives of two boarding-school friends, Becky Sharp and Amelia Smedley.


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Which explains part of the title of this book and several others in Thackeray's oeuvre. But it doesn't explain Thackeray's wit, nor the sharpness the turns of phrase with which he needled nineteenth-century Britain.

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Thackeray went on to writesuch famous novels as Vanity Fair , Pendennis , The Newcomes , and The Adventures of Philip , but in many ways, his best is here in his early work. Help Centre. Track My Order. My Wishlist Sign In Join.

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