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Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780375757266
Author(s): William Makepeace Thackeray
Format: Paperback
Year: 2001
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Modern Library
Dimensions: 131 x 206 x 27 (w x l x h)
Pages: 768
Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)

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A marvelous, incisive social satire that gleefully exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars through its tracing of the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women. It is a comic masterpiece that still resonates today.
"Re-reading "Vanity Fair, " one realises what a brilliant innovation this was in the English novel," remarked V. S. Pritchett. "Thackeray is like the modern novelists who derive from James and Proust, in his power of dissecting (and of desiccating ) character."
Generally considered to be his masterpiece, "Vanity Fair" is Thackeray's resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled "A Novel Without a Hero," it traces the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women: the scheming opportunist Becky Sharp—one of literature's most resourceful, engaging, and amoral heroines—and her foil, the faithful, naive Amelia Sedley. Thackeray's subversive, comic attack on the hypocrisy and "dismal roguery" of an avaricious world resonates 150 years later with implications for our own times.
"Thackeray is an urbane nineteenth-century guide and commentator in a portrait gallery that is for all time," observed Louis Auchincloss. "H
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