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The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray
London - Smith, Elder and Co 1879 - A collection of the Works of William Thackeray. Included in these Works are: 'Vanity Fair', 'The History of Pendennis', 'The Newcomes', 'The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh', 'Memoirs of Mr. Charles Yellowplush', 'The Irish Sketch Book', 'Memoirs of Barry Lyndon', 'Catherine: A Story', 'Ballads', 'Roundabout Papers', 'Lovel the Widower; The Wolves and the Lamb; Denis Duval', 'The Four Georges', 'History of Henry Esmond', 'The Virginians', 'The Adventures of Philip', 'History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond', 'The Christmas Books of Mr M. A. Titmarsh', 'Burlesques', 'Book of Snobs'. William Makepeace Thackeray (July 1811 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. Thackeray began as a satirist and parodist, writing papers with a sneaking fondness for roguish upstarts like Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair and the title characters of The Luck of Barry Lyndon and Catherine. In his earliest works, writing under such pseudonyms as Charles James Yellowplush, Michael Angelo Titmarsh, and George Savage Fitz-Boodle, he tended towards the savage in his attacks on high society, military prowess, the institution of marriage, and hypocrisy. One of his earliest works, Timbuctoo (1829), contained his burlesque upon the subject set for the Cambridge Chancellor's medal for English verse, (the contest was won by Tennyson with Timbuctoo). His writing career really began with a series of satirical sketches now usually known as The Yellowplush Papers, which appeared in Fraser's Magazine beginning in 1837. Between May 1839 and February 1840, Fraser's published the work sometimes considered Thackeray's first novel, Catherine, originally intended as a satire of the Newgate school of crime fiction but ending up more as a rollicking picaresque tale in its own right. Also notable among the later novels is The History of Henry Esmond, in which Thackeray tried to write a novel in the style of the eighteenth century. In fact, the eighteenth century held a great appeal for Thackeray. Complete in Twenty Four Volumes. Numerous plates and illustrations throughout. Collated complete. Condition: In gilt half calf bindings with marbled boards. Externally, sound with rubbing to the boards and some wear and slight loss to the top and tail of the spine. The front board to volume I is detached and the spine has been reattached. The front hinge to Volume VIII has come loose withtape from an amateur repair to the front blank, thespine is held by the back hinge only. Internally, firmly bound, bright and generally clean with just some occasional scattered spotting. Overall Condition: GOOD. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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