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William Makepeace Thackeray

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Joanna Trollope is the author of THE BEST OF FRIENDS, OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN, and most recently, MARRYING THE MISTRESS, among other books. She lives in England.

William Makepeace Thackeray, whose satiric novels are often regarded as the great upper-class counterpart to Dickens's panoramic depiction of lower-class Victorian society, was born on July 18, 1811, in Calcutta, India. His father, a prosperous official of the British East India Company, died four years later, and at the age of six Thackeray was sent to England to be educated. After graduating from the Charterhouse School in London, he entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in... Read More

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Vanity Fair
A Novel without a Hero
Written by William Makepeace Thackeray
Edited by Leonard J. Kent and Nina Berberova
Introduction by Joanna Trollope


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $9.00

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.

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Vanity Fair

Written by William Makepeace Thackeray


Format: Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: July 1, 1997
Price: $6.95

Two heroines--one humble, the other scheming--meet in boarding school and embark on very different lives, both experiencing affairs of love and war and the rise and fall of fortune, in a classic study of the dogged pursuit of wealth and status. Read more >

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Vanity Fair

Written by William Makepeace Thackeray


Format: Hardcover, 800 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 1991
Price: $25.00

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Vanity Fair

Written by William Makepeace Thackeray


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 27, 2005
Price: $5.99

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Vanity Fair
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by William Makepeace Thackeray


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $2.99

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