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The Works Of William Makepeace Thackeray
73 - London - Smith, Elder and Co. 1872 - An attractive twelve volume set of the Thackeray's works, in very attractive leather bindings and with frontispiece plates and illustrations throughout. The set contains the following works:Volume I: Vanity FairVolume II: History of PendennisVolume III: The NewcomesVolume IV: The History of Henry Esmond and The Memoirs of Barry LyndonVolume V: The VirginiansVolume VI: The Adventues of Phillip and A Shabby Genteel StoryVolume VII: Paris Sketch Book and Irish Sketch BookVolume VIII: The Great Hoggarty DiamondVolume IX: The Book of SnobsVolume X: Roundabout Papers and Four GeorgesVolume XI: Catherine and Lovel The Widower etcVolume XII: Christmas BooksWilliam Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 24 December 1863) was an English novelist of the 19th century. He was famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society. He worked for Fraser's Magazine, a sharp-witted and sharp-tongued conservative publication, for which he produced art criticism, short fictional sketches, and two longer fictional works, Catherine and The Luck of Barry Lyndon. From 1837 to 1840 he also reviewed books for The Times. Later, through his connection to the illustrator John Leech, he began writing for the newly created Punch magazine, where he published The Snob Papers, later collected as The Book of Snobs. In the early 1840s, Thackeray had some success with two travel books, The Paris Sketch Book and The Irish Sketch Book. He achieved more recognition with his Snob Papers (serialised 1846/7, published in book form in 1848), but the work that really established his fame was the novel Vanity Fair, which first appeared in serialised installments beginning in January 1847. Even before Vanity Fair completed its serial run, Thackeray had become a celebrity, sought after by the very lords and ladies whom he satirised; they hailed him as the equal of Dickens. On 23 December 1863, after returning from dining out and before dressing for bed, Thackeray suffered a stroke and was found dead in his bed in the morning. His death at the age of fifty-two was entirely unexpected, and shocked his family, friends, and reading public. An estimated 7000 people attended his funeral at Kensington Gardens. He was buried on 29 December at Kensal Green Cemetery, and a memorial bust sculpted by Marochetti can be found in Westminster Abbey. Condition: In decorative calf binding with gilt detailing. Extrnally smart, there is some minor wear to the extremities, joints and backstrips only, as well as some markings to boards. Internally the pages are firmly bound and largely bright and clean throughout aside from some foxing to endpages and the odd spot. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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