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The Rose and the Ring Paperback – November 1, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0948560125 ISBN-10: 0948560126

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About the Author

Thackeray, an only child, was born in Calcutta. He studied at Cambridge, but, never a keen student, he left the University in 1830 to travel the continent. He began to study law but gave it up and squandered much of his inheritance on gambling and poor investments. He studied art in Paris, but he did not pursue that professionally either, except to illustrate his own novels.He was a successful novelist, earning the adulation of the very people he satirized. His death at 53 was unexpected. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: R.S.Surtees Society (November 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948560126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948560125
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William H. Coffin on June 17, 2003
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The Rose and the Ring is a great classic. This edition, however, is an outright fraud. The original has rhyming couplets across the page tops, this edition omits them. The original has illustrations by Thackeray, who originally intended to pursue a career as an illustrator, but this edition omits them. It's like printing an Alice in Wonderland without the Tenniel drawings and with none of the songs. This edition is a waste of paper. Shame on Amazon for selling it! Now I have to return to the search for a real printing...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a classic funny story that has stayed in my mind for 30 years. I first read it as a kid less than 10 and it was as wonderful and meaningful then as it is now.

The story of Giglio, Rosalba, Angelica and Bulbo casts a magic spell. Then of course there's Countess Gruffanuff.....

The story starts with the birth of these 4 people. The Fairy Blackstick was invited to Giglio and Rosalba's christening and her wonderful-yet startling-gift to each was "a little bit of misfortune". Needless to say, she was barred from attending the christenings of Princess Angelica and Prince Bulbo.

The Rose and The Ring are enchanted. If someone wears or carries either, to the rest of the world that individual appears as a most beautiful person. Comedy ensues as The Rose and The Ring change hands.

The writing and use of language are superb. This entire story is laced with a very charming and subtle humor-quite droll as Bulbo might say.

Classic's are classics with good reason...............
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2002
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The Rose and the Ring is one of those special literary treats which happen when a writer for adults turns (in this case) his attention to the world of children. It's a classic fairy tale, told with Thackeray's customary insight into characters, an excellent story for reading aloud to children who have not been enslaved by the thought-preventing pace of anime. Look for an edition illustrated by the author.
As a young man this terrific author intended to be an artist. He submitted a portfolio to illustrate one of Dickens' novels which Dickens rejected, so Thackeray switched careers. We know what we gained ; the illustrations show what we lost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shiara the witch on October 1, 2002
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This is a very funny and clever book that deals with the appeal and danger of beauty. It is a great book for all ages with some very well done illustrations through out the book. The bottom review is from the back of my copy of the book.
A magic rose and ring which make those in the possession of them attractive, togather with a mischiviouse fairy who adds, "a little misfurtone" to the lives of a prince and a princess, creat hilariouse complications on a unusual fairy story.
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By medfair on February 24, 2014
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Thackeray, a renowned author of Vanity Fair, Pendennis, and The Necomes, is much less known as an author of children's books. The Rose and the Ring is a delightful fable of a lost princess acting as a Cinderella and a handsome and brave prince, a fairy (good or bad?), wicked and/or dumb queens, dumb kings. All the ingredients of a child's fantasy world told in a lovely style and quite a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor. To quote the fairy at the princess christening "...the best thing I can wish her is a LITTLE MISFORTUNE", which doesn't fail to materialize.
I re-read it after sixty years and felt as enchanted as when I was nine. A must!
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