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Thackeray

Author: D J Taylor
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Vanity Fair, published in serial parts in 1847-8, made William Makepeace Thackeray famous - 'all but the top of the tree' he told his mother, 'and having a great fight there with Dickens, if truth be known.' Behind him lay an extraordinary life - an intense, Anglo-Indian childhood, dominated by the figure of his mother; a fortune lost by his early twenties; a disastrous marriage to a wife who went mad and left him  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Taylor, D.J. (David John), 1960-
Thackeray.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1999
(OCoLC)606241233
Named Person: William Makepeace Thackeray; William Makepeace Thackeray; William Makepeace Thackeray; William Makepeace Thackeray
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D J Taylor
ISBN: 0701162317 9780701162313
OCLC Number: 41464899
Description: xv, 494 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: D.J. Taylor.
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Using a variety of unpublished and little-known sources, the author portrays Thackeray as an endearing, exasperating and paradoxical individual. His portrait redefines Thackeray and the world in  Read more...

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