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Vanity Fair

William Makepeace Thackeray
Edited by Helen Small

June 2015

ISBN: 9780198727712

1,024 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £7.99

Set during the Napoleonic wars, Vanity Fair follows Becky Sharp as she cuts a swathe through Regency society. War, money, and national identity are the themes of Thackeray's great satirical novel, as it exposes a world on the make. In Becky, Thackeray created one of the most memorable female characters in Victorian fiction.

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Set during the Napoleonic wars, Vanity Fair follows Becky Sharp as she cuts a swathe through Regency society. War, money, and national identity are the themes of Thackeray's great satirical novel, as it exposes a world on the make. In Becky, Thackeray created one of the most memorable female characters in Victorian fiction.

  • A new edition of one of the greatest Victorian novels, Thackeray's masterpiece, whose satire of society is as pertinent now as when it first appeared in 1847-8.
  • A great novel of the Napoleonic wars, centring on the Battle of Waterloo.
  • Helen Small's introduction establishes Thackeray as the leading humourist of the nineteenth century, whose satire still has bite. The introduction explores the themes of war, money, and national identity, and love as a battlefield between the sexes.
  • Full, helpful notes, an up-to-date bibliography and chronology of Thackeray.
  • Includes all Thackeray's original illustrations for the novel.

New to this edition

  • New Introduction by Helen Small.
  • Up-to-date Bibliography.
  • Revised and expanded Chronology.
  • All new and expanded Notes.

About the Author(s)

William Makepeace Thackeray

Edited by Helen Small, University of Oxford

Helen Small is the author of The Long Life (2007), winner of the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism (2008) and the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize from the British Academy (2008). For Oxford World's Classics she has edited George Eliot's The Lifted Veil and Brother Jacob, Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, and Trollope's The Eustace Diamonds and The Last Chronicle of Barset. Her most recent book is The Value of the Humanities (2013).

Reviews

"We are more immersed in war now than we have ever been; we experience it and are affected by it remotely even when our country isn't actively participating. By focusing on how war affects the people who aren't heroes, Thackeray has given us the greatest novel about Waterloo, and one that is just as relevant 200 years later."" - Telegraph online, Jonathan McAloon