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Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero is a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray that satirizes society in early 19th-century England. Like many novels of the time, Vanity Fair was published as a serial before being sold in book form; it was printed in 20 monthly parts between January 1847 and July 1848.
Thackeray meant the book to be not only entertaining but also instructive; this is shown both by the narrator of the book and in Thackeray's private correspondence. The novel is now remembered as a classic of English literature, though some critics claim that it has structural problems; Thackeray sometimes lost track of the huge scope of his work, mixing up characters' names and minor plot details. The number of allusions and references it contains can make it difficult for modern readers to follow.
It's interesting to note that Vanity Fair was one of the first examples of what's called the "multi-plot" novel, which became hugely popular between the late 1840s and the mid 1870s. This is a type of novel in which two or more entirely separate groups of characters have their stories told, with the author eventually bringing everything together to form a conclusion in which everyone "participates".
Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero is a novel by English author William Makepeace Thackeray, first published in 1847–48, satirizing society in early 19th-century Britain.
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William Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was an English novelist of the 19th century. He is famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society.
This Publication Contains 45 of William Makepeace Thackeray's All Time Greatest Works.
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THACKERAYANA / Illustrated
The Irish Sketch Book / Illustrated
THE HISTORY OF PENDENNIS / Illustrated
THE LOVING BALLAD OF LORD BATEMAN / Illustrated
A Legend of the Rhine
A LITTLE DINNER AT TIMMINS'S
THE LUCK OF BARRY LYNDON
CATHERINE: A STORY
Dr. Birch And His Young Friends
JOHN LEECH'S PICTURES OF LIFE AND CHARACTER
LITTLE TRAVELS AND ROADSIDE SKETCHES
Mrs. Perkins’s Ball
Notes on a Journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo
Novels by Eminent Hands
Rebecca and Rowena
The Adventures of Philip on his way through the World
THE BEDFORD-ROW CONSPIRACY
THE BOOK OF SNOBS
THE CHRISTMAS BOOKS OF MR. M. A. TITMARSH
The Diary of C. Jeames de la Pluche, Esq., with his Letters
THE FATAL BOOTS
THE FITZ-BOODLE PAPERS
THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND, ESQ.
THE HISTORY OF SAMUEL TITMARSH, AND THE GREAT HOGGARTY DIAMOND
The History of the Next French Revolution
The Kickleburys on the Rhine
MEMOIRS OF MR. CHARLES J. YELLOWPLUSH
THE PARIS SKETCH BOOK
THE ROSE AND THE RING
THE SECOND FUNERAL OF NAPOLEON
The Story of Mary Ancel
THE TREMENDOUS ADVENTURES OF MAJOR GAHAGAN
THE WOLVES AND THE LAMB
THE PARIS SKETCH BOOK OF MR. M. A. TITMARSH AND THE IRISH SKETCH BOOK / Illustrated
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«¡Ah! Vanitas vanitatum! ¿Quién de nosotros es feliz en este mundo?»
En el recinto de la Feria se erige suntuoso uno de los mejores retratos de la sociedad inglesa de principios del siglo XIX, cuyo director de escena de mirada desencantada no es otro que William M. Thackeray, maestro en el arte de crear personajes femeninos. Así, pronto veremos pisar el escenario a dos mujeres inolvidables: la dulce y apocada Amelia Sedley y la inteligente y ambiciosa Becky Sharp cobran vida en un juego fascinante, lleno de trampas y de emoción, en una obra magistral de la literatura de todos los tiempos: La feria de las vanidades.
La clásica traducción que en su día realizara Alfonso Nadal viene precedida en la presente edición por un esclarecedor estudio introductorio. Lo firma John Carey, catedrático emérito de literatura inglesa en la Universidad deOxford y crítico literario de renombre indiscutible.
Redmond Barry has almost all the qualities of a gentleman: he speaks well, has learned courtly etiquette, and can hold his own with a sword in hand. But passion is his downfall—passion for life, for excitement, and unfortunately, for his cousin Nora. When he almost kills Nora’s suitor in a duel, Barry flees to Dublin, and the adventure of his life begins.
A consummate rake and con man, Barry finds himself on the battlefield against the Prussians in the Seven Years’ War after losing everything. But war—and life, for that matter—is not exactly what Barry wished or expected it to be. A braggart’s tale through and through, with an antihero of epic proporations, The Luck of Barry Lyndon is a brisk romp through one of literature’s most unusual lives.
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In the early 1840s, Thackeray had some success with two travel books, The Paris Sketch Book and The Irish Sketch Book.