Thackeray: The Life of a Literary Man

By: Taylor, D.J.

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First edition. A near fine copy. 2001 Hard Cover. xv, 494 pp. Vanity Fair first hit Victorian London in 1847, and the serialized novel established its author, William Makepeace Thackeray, as a serious literary challenge to his popular contemporary Charles Dickens. By then, the thirty-six-year-old Thackeray had survived a difficult Anglo-Indian childhood dominated by the figure of his mother; the loss of the fortune he had made in his early twenties; ten arduous years of hack work; and a disastrous marriage to the beautiful Isabelle Shaw, who went irreversibly mad and left him to parent alone, and in conditions near penury, two small daughters. Success, however, did not end Thackeray's troubles, as this incisive new biography by D. J. Taylor poignantly shows. Drawing on a variety of unpublished and little-known sources, and with a novelist's feel for the intricacies of character and relationships, Taylor explores Thackeray's anguished platonic love affair with the wife of one of his oldest friends, his bitter quarrels with more eminent Victorians, his obsession with earning enough money to maintain his family, and his failure to match the success of Vanity Fair with later novels like Pendennis and The History of Henry Esmond. Taylor's portrait of Thackeray--as doting father, restive son, despairing husband, literary lion, rejected lover, and loyal friend--is complex, and the narrative is compelling.

Title: Thackeray: The Life of a Literary Man

Author: Taylor, D.J.

Categories: Modern First Editions, Literary & Intellectual,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Carroll & Graf: 2001

ISBN Number: 0786709103

ISBN Number 13: 9780786709106

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2206153