THE COMPLETE NOVELS OF WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY (Special Nook Edition) FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATED VERSION: All Thackeray's Unabridged Novels in a Single Volume! Vanity Fair Barry Lyndon Catherine Pendennis Newcomes NOOKbook (COMPLETE WORKS COLLECTION) [NOOK Book]
THE COMPLETE NOVELS OF WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY (Special Nook Edition)
FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATED VERSION: All Thackeray's Unabridged Novels in a Single Volume!
Including Vanity Fair Barry Lyndon Catherine Pendennis Newcomes NOOKbook Edition
(COMPLETE WORKS COLLECTION)
EVERY SINGLE NOVEL BY WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY ESPECIALLY CREATED FOR NOOK: ILLUSTRATED IN FULL COLOR!
PARTIAL TABLE OF CONTENTS
• THE HISTORY OF SAMUEL TITMARSH AND THE GREAT HOGGARTY DIAMOND
• THE MEMOIRES OF BARRY LYNDON, ESQ.
• VANITY FAIR
• THE HISTORY OF PENDENNIS, HIS FORTUNES AND MISFORTUNES, HIS FRIENDS AND HIS GREATEST ENEMY
• THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND, ESQ.
• THE NEWCOMES, MEMOIRS OF A MOST RESPECTABLE FAMILY
• THE VIRGINIANS, A TALE OF THE LAST CENTURY
• THE ADVENTURES OF PHILIP ON HIS WAY THROUGH THE WORLD SHEWING WHO ROBBED HIM, WHO HELPED HIM, AND WHO PASSED HIM BY
"For some time George strove to keep the liaison a secret. There was a woman in the case, that he admitted. “And not the first either,” said Ensign Spooney to Ensign Stubble. “That Osborne’s a devil of a fellow. There was a judge’s daughter at Demerara went almost mad about him; then there was that beautiful quadroon girl, Miss Pye, at St. Vincent’s, you know; and since he’s been home, they say he’s a regular Don Giovanni, by Jove.”
Stubble and Spooney thought that to be a “regular Don Giovanni, by Jove” was one of the finest qualities a man could possess, and Osborne’s reputation was prodigious amongst the young men of the regiment. He was famous in field-sports, famous at a song, famous on parade; free with his money, which was bountifully supplied by his father. His coats were better made than any man’s in the regiment, and he had more of them. He was adored by the men. He could drink more than any officer of the whole mess, including old Heavytop, the colonel. He could spar better than Knuckles, the private (who would have been a corporal but for his drunkenness, and who had been in the prize-ring); and was the best batter and bowler, out and out, of the regimental club. He rode his own horse, Greased Lightning, and won the Garrison cup at Quebec races. There were other people besides Amelia who worshipped him."
- Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray
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William 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.
During the Victorian era, Thackeray was ranked second only to Charles Dickens. His most famous novel is Vanity Fair. In that novel he was able to satirize whole swaths of humanity while retaining a light touch. It also features his most memorable character, the engagingly roguish Becky Sharp.
Vanity Fair remains popular with the general reading public; it is a standard fixture in university courses and has been repeatedly adapted for movies and television.
In Thackeray's own day, some commentators, such as Anthony Trollope, ranked his History of Henry Esmond as his greatest work, perhaps because it expressed Victorian values of duty and earnestness, as did some of his other later novels.
Thackeray saw himself as writing in the realistic tradition and distinguished himself from the exaggerations and sentimentality of Dickens. Some later commentators have accepted this self-evaluation and seen him as a realist, but others note his inclination to use eighteenth-century narrative techniques, such as digressions and talking to the reader, and argue that through them he frequently disrupts the illusion of reality. The school of Henry James, with its emphasis on maintaining that illusion, marked a break with Thackeray's techniques.