Thackeray (1811-63) was a British novelist and author best known for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society. After studying at Cambridge University, he travelled for some time in Europe and squandered much of the inheritance he came into aged 21. His marriage in 1836, followed by the birth of his three daughters, made it necessary for him to earn a living and he turned to journalism to support his young family. He wrote art criticism, book reviews and short fictional sketches, becoming a regular contributor to Punch, and eventually established his reputation with the publication of Vanity Fair in 1848. This humorous fantasy of soldiering in India was first published pseudonymously in 1838/39.
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About the Author
William Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 - 24 December 1863) was a British novelist and author. He is known for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society.Thackeray, an only child, was born in Calcutta, British India, where his father, Richmond Thackeray (1 September 1781 - 13 September 1815), was secretary to the Board of Revenue in the British East India Company. His mother, Anne Becher (1792-1864), was the second daughter of Harriet Becher and John Harman Becher, who was also a secretary (writer) for the East India Company.