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Vanity fair : a novel without a hero /
W.M. Thackeray ; edited with an introduction by John Sutherland ; with 193 illustrations by the author.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
lviii, 949 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [xlvii]).
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-07-01:
The characters in this complex 19th-century novel (scheming, amoral Becky Sharp; faithful William Dobbins, etc.) were once so well known that they were used as shorthand personality descriptors by other authors. Becky Sharp is willing to do almost anything for position or money, while family funding supports her best friend Amelia's, gentle, unrealistic soul. Becky marries well and then loses money. Amelia marries well and loses both husband and money. As time passes, their fortunes flip, turn, and intertwine until the two friends are old women. Georgina Sutton's wonderfully flexible voice keeps the reader engaged and the characters well differentiated through all 25 CDs of a very complicated story line-quite a feat. -verdict Especially recommended for listeners just starting to explore classic British fiction.-I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Ames, IA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Long Description
This edition of one of the greatest social satires of the English language reproduces the text of the Oxford Thackeray and includes all of Thackeray's own illustrations.
Main Description
Essentially a commentary on hypocrisy and those ethical principles to which society pays lip-service, VANITY FAIR (1847-8) is a classic epic extending from urban and rural England to Waterloo and the continental haunts of exiles. Considered one of the greatest social-satirical novels in English, this edition includes all of the author's own illustrations.
Table of Contents
The Composition and Publication of Vanity Fair
Note on the Text
Thackeray as Illustrator
A Chronology of Thackeray's Life and Works
Before the Curtainp. 1
Chiswick Mallp. 3
In Which Miss Sharp and Miss Sedley Prepare to Open the Campaignp. 13
Rebecca is in Presence of the Enemyp. 24
The Green Silk Pursep. 32
Dobbin of Ours*p. 48
Vauxhallp. 60
Crawley of Queen's Crawleyp. 76
Private and Confidentialp. 88
Family Portraitsp. 97
Miss Sharp Begins to Make Friendsp. 105
Arcadian Simplicityp. 113
Quite a Sentimental Chapterp. 131
Sentimental and Otherwisep. 140
Miss Crawley at Homep. 158
In Which Rebecca's Husband Appears for a Short Timep. 179
The Letter on the Pincushionp. 189
How Captain Dobbin Bought a Pianop. 200
Who Played on the Piano Captain Dobbin Bought ?p. 211
Miss Crawley at Nursep. 224
In Which Captain Dobbin Acts as the Messenger of Hymenp. 235
A Quarrel About an Heiressp. 248
A Marriage and Part of a Honeymoonp. 260
Captain Dobbin Proceeds on His Canvassp. 269
In Which Mr. Osborne Takes Down the Family Biblep. 276
In Which All the Principal Personages Think Fit to Leave Brightonp. 292
Between London and Chathamp. 315
In Which Amelia Joins Her Regimentp. 325
In Which Amelia Invades the Low Countriesp. 332
Brusselsp. 344
'the Girl I Left Behind Me'p. 361
In Which Jos Sedley Takes Care of His Sisterp. 373
In Which Jos Takes Flight, and the War is Brought to a Closep. 386
In Which Miss Crawley's Relations Are Very Anxious About Herp. 406
James Crawley's Pipe is Put Outp. 418
Widow and Motherp. 438
How to Live Well on Nothing a Yearp. 452
The Subject Continuedp. 464
A Family in a Very Small Wayp. 482
A Cynical Chapterp. 498
In Which Becky is Recognized by the Familyp. 510
In Which Becky Revisits the Halls of Her Ancestorsp. 522
Which Treats of the Osborne Familyp. 535
In Which the Reader Has to Double the Capep. 543
A Roundabout Chapter Between London and Hampshirep. 555
Between Hampshire and Londonp. 568
Struggles and Trialsp. 579
Gaunt Housep. 588
In Which the Reader is Introduced to the Very Best of Companyp. 598
In Which We Enjoy Three Courses and a Dessertp. 612
Contains a Vulgar Incidentp. 621
In Which a Charade is Acted Which May or May Not Puzzle the Readerp. 633
In Which Lord Steyne Shows Himself in a Most Amiable Lightp. 657
A Rescue and a Catastrophep. 668
Sunday After the Battlep. 678
In Which the Same Subject is Pursuedp. 690
Georgy is Made a Gentlemanp. 707
Eothen*p. 723
Our Friend the Majorp. 733
The Old Pianop. 749
Returns to the Genteel Worldp. 761
In Which Two Lights Are Put Outp. 768
Am Rheinp. 783
In Which We Meet an Old Acquaintancep. 797
A Vagabond Chapterp. 812
Full of Business and Pleasurep. 830
Amantium Irae*p. 839
Which Contains Births, Marriages, and Deathsp. 856
Explanatory Notesp. 881
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