Thackeray (1811-63) is alive and well in these letters, presented as a massive two-volume supplement to the 1945-46 edition of his correspondence edited by the late Gordon N. Ray. The letters are addressed to such renowned figures as Longfellow, the Thomas Carlyles, Robert Browning, and Charles Dickens, as well as to Thackeray's publishers and colleagues from Punch. His own delightful sketches are interspersed throughout the text. Editor Harden has compiled a meticulous and comprehensive supplement containing previously unpublished as well as some revised material from Ray's edition. The letters are numbered according to Ray's system, making this an easy book to use. While a superb complement to the original edition, these volumes are worth purchasing on their own. They are an essential component of Thackeray scholarship. Highly recommended for literature collections.-Diane Gardner Premo, SILS, Univ. of Buffalo, N.Y.
These two volumes are intended as a supplement to the four-volume edition edited by the late Gordon N. Ray and published by Harvard U. Press and Oxford U. Press in 1945-46. They contain much important material, especially the 350 letters to Thackeray's publishers: Fraser, Bentley, Chapman and Hall, and particularly Bradbury and Evans and Smith. Thackeray's letters to women are especially interesting, for here he expresses his emotions and personality to an unparalleled extent. The letters, addressed to recipients from Ivan Turgenev and Giuseppe Garibaldi to Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope, and to such friends as the Thomas Carlyles, reflect Thackeray's wide acquaintance with people of different backgrounds and social stations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)