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This book comes with an introduction and notes by Owen Knowles, University of Hull. Thackeray's upper-class Regency world is a noisy and jostling commercial fairground, predominantly driven by acquisitive greed and soulless materialism, in which the narrator himself plays a brilliantly versatile role as a serio-comic observer. Although subtitled 'A Novel without a Hero', Vanity Fair follows the fortunes of two contrasting but inter-linked lives. Through the retiring Amelia Sedley and the brilliant Becky Sharp, Thackeray examines the position of women in an intensely exploitative male world.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nath | 2/11/2014

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yulande Lindsay | 2/1/2014

    " Excellent, satire at its best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenny McPhee | 1/25/2014

    " Becky Sharp is one of the great characters of all time. She's up there with Lily Bart and Scarlett O'Hara. This maybe "a novel without a hero" but it's certainly a novel with a heroine. Becky is not exactly likeable but since when did likeable characters become a plus in a novel? And of course this novel is as relevant today as it ever was. Banking scams and failures, greedy social climbers, thwarted love stories. Nothing new under the sun but satire razor sharp and so very fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alisa | 12/26/2013

    " By God, I finished it. I've determined that Becky Sharp is even worse than Scarlett O'Hara... and that's saying a lot. God bless Thackeray for writing such a wicked woman. "

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About the Author
Author William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863) was born and educated to be a gentleman but gambled away much of his fortune while at Cambridge. He trained as a lawyer before turning to journalism. He was a regular contributor to periodicals and magazines and Vanity Fair was serialised in Punch in 1847–8.