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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Charles Dickens; William Makepeace Thackeray; Charles Dickens; William Makepeace Thackeray
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver Elton
ISBN: 0838309739 9780838309735
OCLC Number: 87178
Notes: Reprint of the 1924 ed.
"Two essays ... revised ... from the writer's Survey of English literature, 1830-1880, published in 1920."
Description: 96 pages 23 cm
Contents: I. The 'illusion of reality' in Thackeray; the 'occult power' --
difference of quality between his comment and his story --
his drawings --
II. First stage of miscellaneous writing --
Irish and Paris sketch books; articles, etc. --
Interest in villainy and roguery, combined with mimicry and the mock-heroic --
Yellowplush memoirs, phonetics --
Catherine --
The great Hoggarty diamond --
Barry Lyndon; its literary pedigree --
III. Punch, burlesques, Book of snobs --
Thackeray's social lore; class-feeling; the snob --
Presentment of the parasitic classes; and the gentleman --
IV. Vanity fair --
Questioninigs concerning Becky Sharp; 'poetic justice'; varieties of comedy --
V. Pendennis and The Newcomes --
VI. Thackeray and the eighteenth century; Esmond, and The Virginians; their riches; the two Beatrixes --
Presentment of wits, writers, and men of fashion: The English homourists --
Somme injustices --
The four Georges --
VII. Last period: The adventures of Philip; increased daring of Thackeray --
Recovery of power in Denis Duval --
VIII. Instinct for burlesque; the grandeur of the flunkey; Price novelists --
The rose and the ring --
IX. Verse; its models and qualities; Thackeray's good ear --
X. Method in fiction; power of imagining antecedents --
Ironic manner; comparison with Tolstoy --
Thackeray's true power --
XI. His English, its even goodness; misleading effect --
Roundabout papers --
Musical quality of his cadence.

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