A Novel without a Hero. This novel is not the coming of age, or bildungsroman, of Becky Sharp.
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October Learn how and when to remove this template message Thackeray, an only child, was born in Calcutta British India, where his father, Richmond Thackeray 1 September — 13 Septemberwas secretary to the Board of Revenue in the British East India Company. The ship on which he travelled made a short stopover at Saint Helenawhere the imprisoned Napoleon was pointed out to him.
Once in England he was educated at schools in Southampton and Chiswickand then at Charterhouse Schoolwhere he became a close friend of John Leech.
Thackeray disliked Charterhouse,  and parodied it in his fiction as "Slaughterhouse". Nevertheless, Thackeray was honoured in the Charterhouse Chapel with a monument after his death. Illness in his last year there, during which he reportedly grew to his full height of six foot three, postponed his matriculation at Trinity College, Cambridgeuntil February He returned to England and began to study law at the Middle Templebut soon gave that up.
On reaching the age of 21 he came into his inheritance from his father, but he squandered much of it on gambling and on funding two unsuccessful newspapers, The National Standard and The Constitutional, for which he had hoped to write. He also lost a good part of his fortune in the collapse of two Indian banks.
Forced to consider a profession to support himself, he turned first to art, which he studied in Paris, but did not pursue it, except in later years as the illustrator of some of his own novels and other writings. The Thackerays had three children, all girls: Anne Isabella —Jane who died at eight months old and Harriet Marian —who married Sir Leslie Stepheneditor, biographer and philosopher.
Thackeray now began "writing for his life", as he put it, turning to journalism in an effort to support his young family. He primarily worked for Fraser's Magazinea sharp-witted and sharp-tongued conservative publication for which he produced art criticism, short fictional sketches, and two longer fictional works, Catherine and The Luck of Barry Lyndon.
Between and he also reviewed books for The Times. Later, through his connection to the illustrator John Leechhe began writing for the newly created magazine Punchin which he published The Snob Papers, later collected as The Book of Snobs.
This work popularised the modern meaning of the word "snob". Finding that he could get no work done at home, he spent more and more time away until Septemberwhen he realised how grave his wife's condition was. Struck by guilt, he set out with his wife to Ireland.
During the crossing she threw herself from a water-closet into the sea, but she was pulled from the waters. They fled back home after a four-week battle with her mother. From November to February Isabella was in and out of professional care, as her condition waxed and waned.
Thackeray desperately sought cures for her, but nothing worked, and she ended up in two different asylums in or near Paris untilafter which Thackeray took her back to England, where he installed her with a Mrs Bakewell at Camberwell. Isabella outlived her husband by 30 years, in the end being cared for by a family named Thompson in Leigh-on-Sea at Southend until her death in In Mr Brookfield barred Thackeray from further visits to or correspondence with Jane.
Baxter, an American twenty years Thackeray's junior whom he met during a lecture tour in New York City inmarried another man in However, as the book appealed to British prejudices, Thackeray was given the job of being Punch's Irish expert, often under the pseudonym Hibernis Hibernior.
Even before Vanity Fair completed its serial run Thackeray had become a celebrity, sought after by the very lords and ladies whom he satirised. They hailed him as the equal of Dickens. He twice visited the United States on lecture tours during this period.
Thackeray also gave lectures in London on the English humorists of the eighteenth century, and on the first four Hanoverian monarchs.Vanity Fair jumps out of this list as a great Victorian novel, written and published deep in the middle of a great age of English fiction.
Indeed, so commanding was Thackeray at the height of his. The book is a densely populated multilayered panorama of manners and human frailties; subtitled A Novel Without a Hero, Vanity Fair metaphorically represents the human condition.
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He begins the novel as a prosperous merchant and investor but is financially ruined and bankrupted by the second invasion of torosgazete.com he is still rich, Mr. Sedl Mr. Osborne George Osborne's father is a stern, vulgar, self-made business man.
The serialization of Vanity Fair, which was a financial success, quickly established Thackeray's literary reputation. Thackeray was jubilant, "There is no use denying the matter or blinking it now.
Thackeray was jubilant, "There is no use denying the matter or blinking it now. Amelia Sedley, of good family, and Rebecca Sharp, an orphan, leave Miss Pinkerton's academy on Chiswick Mall to live out their lives in Vanity Fair — the world of social climbing and search for wealth.
Amelia does not esteem the values of Vanity Fair; Rebecca cares for nothing else.