Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

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Author

Thackeray, William Makepeace

Word Count

199,000 words

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Pages

796 pages

Edition Publisher

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Edition Publish Date

January 1, 2017

Identifiers

ISBN-10: 1546972099

ISBN-13: 9781546972099

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Vanity Fair is an English novel by William Makepeace Thackeray which follows the lives of Becky Sharp and Emmy Sedley amid their friends and families during and after the Napoleonic Wars. It was first published as a 19-volume monthly serial from 1847 to 1848, carrying the subtitle Pen and Pencil Sketches of English Society, reflecting both its satirisation of early 19th-century British society and the many illustrations drawn by Thackeray to accompany the text. It was published as a single volume in 1848 with the subtitle A Novel without a Hero, reflecting Thackeray's interest in deconstructing his era's conventions regarding literary heroism. It is sometimes considered the "principal founder" of the Victorian domestic novel.