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Vanity Fair : 000404057 - William Makepeace Thackeray

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Two young women, Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley, leave Miss Pinkerton's Academy together. They are friends, yet the witty and flirtatious Becky looks set to outdo the passive, sweet-natured Amelia with her ruthless determination to grab what she can in life. And so all kinds of battles and fortunes are won and lost against a backdrop of the Napoleonic wars.

Thackeray's satire on corruption at every level of English society is rightly subtitled 'a novel without a hero', since none of its characters have improved themselves by the end. However, it was a success from its first appearance in 1847 and remains one of the greatest comic novels.

About the Author

William Makepeace Thackeray was an English novelist of the 19th century. He was famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society.


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Now I do understand this novel


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  • Appropriate For School
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Humourous
  • Promotes Good Values
  • Thought Provoking
  • Timeless


  • 19th Century Language
  • Difficult to Read

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Comments about Vanity Fair:

Finally think I understand this novel. Read in conjunction with Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments. Novel has no heroic characters. Even Amelia Smedley and Captain William Dobbin fail by not taking care of their own interests. In other words to be ethical requires Benevolence, Propriety and Prudence.

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ISBN: 9781848376113
ISBN-10: 9781107105850
Series: 000404057
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 719
Published: 30th June 2010
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.522