Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

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by William Makepeace Thackeray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0824042913

ISBN-13: 9780824042912

Pub. Date: 08/01/1989

Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.

Vanity Fair is the story of Becky Sharp, one of the most beautiful, willful, and resourcefully charming pleasure-seekers in literature. With finishing-school credentials and proper connections, Becky begins as a governess, wins the hearts of the moneyed young and old, and, in the light of presentation at court and calculated scandals, emerges a full-fledged courtesan…  See more details below

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Vanity Fair is the story of Becky Sharp, one of the most beautiful, willful, and resourcefully charming pleasure-seekers in literature. With finishing-school credentials and proper connections, Becky begins as a governess, wins the hearts of the moneyed young and old, and, in the light of presentation at court and calculated scandals, emerges a full-fledged courtesan on the Continent, living surprisingly well beyond her means. Thackeray's greatest novel is a moral tapestry of early nineteenth-century English manners, and his persistent theme is the folly of the good-at-heart, the evil of those endowed with grace and wit. Anthony Trollope called Thackeray "...one of the recognized stars of the literary heaven." V.S. Pritchett finds Thackeray "...the first of our novelists to catch life visually and actually as it passes in fragments before us...he is above all a superb impressionist - perhaps our greatest." With an Afterword by V.S. Pritchett

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824042912
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/1989
Series:
Thackeray Edition Project Series
Edition description:
A new critical ed., An approved ed
Pages:
848

Table of Contents

Before the Curtainix
IChiswick Mall11
IIIn Which Miss Sharp and Miss Sedley Prepare to Open the Campaign18
IIIRebecca Is in Presence of the Enemy29
IVThe Green Silk Purse38
VDobbin of Ours52
VIVauxhall64
VIICrawley of Queen's Crawley78
VIIIPrivate and Confidential87
IXFamily Portraits97
XMiss Sharp Begins to Make Friends105
XIArcadian Simplicity112
XIIQuite a Sentimental Chapter128
XIIISentimental and Otherwise137
XIVMiss Crawley at Home150
XVIn Which Rebecca's Husband Appears for a Short Time171
XVIThe Letter on the Pincushion181
XVIIHow Captain Dobbin Bought a Piano190
XVIIIWho Played on the Piano Captain Dobbin Bought200
XIXMiss Crawley at Nurse213
XXIn Which Captain Dobbin Acts as the Messenger of Hymen225
XXIA Quarrel About an Heiress236
XXIIA Marriage and Part of a Honeymoon246
XXIIICaptain Dobbin Proceeds on His Canvass256
XXIVIn Which Mr. Osborne Takes Down the Family Bible263
XXVIn Which All the Principal Personages Think Fit to Leave Brighton278
XXVIBetween London and Chatham300
XXVIIIn Which Amelia Joins Her Regiment309
XXVIIIIn Which Amelia Invades the Low Countries316
XXIXBrussels326
XXX"The Girl I Left Behind Me"341
XXXIIn Which Jos Sedley Takes Care of His Sister351
XXXIIIn Which Jos Takes Flight, and the War is Brought To a Close364
XXXIIIIn Which Miss Crawley's Relations Are very Anxious About Her383
XXXIVJames Crawley's Pipe is Put Out395
XXXVWidow and Mother414
XXXVIHow to Live Well on Nothing a Year426
XXXVIIThe Subject Continued436
XXXVIIIA Family in a Very Small Way452
XXXIXA Cynical Chapter468
XLIn Which Becky is Recognized by the Family479
XLIIn Which Becky Revisits the Halls of Her Ancestors489
XLIIWhich Treats of the Osborne Family502
XLIIIIn Which the Reader has to Double the Cape510
XLIVA Roundabout Chapter between London and Hampshire521
XLVBetween Hampshire and London532
XLVIStruggles and Trials542
XLVIIGaunt House551
XLVIIIIn Which the Reader is Introduced to the Very Best of Company561
XLIXIn Which We Enjoy Three Courses and a Dessert574
LContains a Vulgar Incident582
LIIn Which a Charade is Acted Which May or May Not Puzzle the Reader593
LIIIn Which Lord Steyne Shows Himself in a Most Amiable Light613
LIIIA Rescue and a Catastrophe625
LIVSunday After the Battle635
LVIn Which the Same Subject is Pursued645
LVIGeorgy is Made a Gentleman663
LVIIEothen677
LVIIIOur Friend the Major686
LIXThe Old Piano699
LXReturns to the Genteel World711
LXIIn Which Two Lights are Put Out718
LXIIAm Rhein733
LXIIIIn Which We Meet an Old Acquaintance745
LXIVA Vagabond Chapter759
LXVFull of Business and Pleasure777
LXVIAmantium Irae786
LXVIIWhich Contains Births, Marriages, and Deaths803
Afterword823
Selected Bibligraphy831
A Note on the Text832

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Vanity Fair 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bring back the classics. We need them. Vanity Fair is one of Thackeray's most brilliant works that can compete with the best writings today. It deals principally with the lives of two young women, Miss Sedley and Miss Sharp and what they did after leaving school. It is about their loves, their ambitions, their terribly endearing families and most importantly, their dreams. The book openly and almost brutally describes the selfishness of human nature and the thousand little subtilities of everyday life during that time. Attitude towards women, status in society, the power of money and marriage are recurring themes in this delightful novel. Extremely unique characters like Miss. Crawley, Mr.Osbourne and Captain Dobbin give the book a splendid Dickensian touch. To me, it is an excellent read because like terrorism, it really makes you stop and take a step back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Table of contents should be hyperlinked and under "content" tab so it is actually functional. Titles are off and words somtimes mispelled. Book itself is good.
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This book is very long, and the electronic editions, at least the free ones, tend not to include the entire book, so you will likely have to download a couple of editions to get the whole book. The descriptions of the e-books tend not to describe how much or what part of the book is included, so you will have to do some trial and error.
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