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Palgrave Macmillan

William Makepeace Thackeray
Peter Shillingsburg
141mm x 222mm
February 2001 0333650921
176 Pages £60.00
Part of the Literary Lives series.
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Reviews'...a persuasive set of arguments that make those of us who think we know Thackeray think again.' - Richard Pearson, Victorian Studies
A Literary life of William Makepeace Thackeray offers a new perspective on the relation between Thackeray's life and his novels. It combines an analysis of his philosophy/religion with his life's experiences with women and acknowledgements of his dependence on writing for a livelihood to provide an explanation for his narrative strategies. Tracing Thackeray's composition and revision of sample passages demonstrates that these strategies were conscious developments. Thackeray's critique of the evils of society focused subtly on conventional domestic cruelties and on the inequities of the world of women, but he did so in a way that could be dismissed and would not necessarily alienate the public upon whose good will his livelihood depended.

List of Figures
Youth and Family
Gentlemen and Literary Hack
Professional Writer and Literary Lion
Reading Vanity Fair
Thackeray's Women
Thackeray's Men
The Personal in the Roundabout Papers
The Writer and Illustrator
Personal and Literary Memorials

Author Biographies
PETER SHILLINGSBURG is currently Professor of English at the University of North Texas, USA. He is author of Scholarly Editing in the Computer Age: Pegasus in Harness, Victorian Publishing and W.M. Thackeray and Resisting Text: Authority and Submission in Constructions of Meaning. He has edited the Thackerary Newsletter for twenty-five years.