Contributions to Punch, Etc.

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Wildside Press LLC, 01.02.2008 - 400 Seiten
Thacker's contributions to the magazine "Punch," with illustrations by the author and a portrait. Facsimile reprint edition.

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A CHARACTER TO INTRODUCE ANOTHER CHARAC
3
PAPERS BY THE FAT CONTRIBUTOR
53
PUNCH IN THE EAST
73
BRIGHTON
88
A BRIGHTON NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
90
BRIGHTON IN 1847
97
MISCELLANEOUS CONTRIBUTIONS
107
ROYAL ACADEMY
114
THE LEAGUER OF PARIS
256
LITTLE TRAVELS AND ROADSIDE
265
GHENTBRUGES
285
WATERLOO
294
PREFATORY REMARKS
303
THE SNOB PLAYFULLY DEALT WITH
306
THE SNOB ROYAL
310
THE INFLUENCE OF THE ARISTOCRACY ON SNOBS
313

PUNCH AND THE INFLUENZA
120
IRISH GEMS
129
A TALE OF THE POLISH BALL
136
THE GREAT SQUATTLEBOROUGH SOIREE
142
TWO OR THREE THEATRES AT PARIS
150
HOBSONS CHOICE OR THE TRIBULATIONS OF
159
THOUGHTS ON A NEW COMEDY
171
THE LIONHUNTRESS OF BELGRAVIA
181
WHY CANT THEY LEAVE US ALONE IN THE HOLI
191
gobemouches authentic account of
197
panorama of the ingleez
204
poor puggy
212
THE FLYING DUKE
223
THE HISTOEY OF THE NEXT FRENCH
233
THE ADVANCE OF THE PRETENDERSHISTORI
242
THE COURT CIRCULAR AND ITS INFLUENCE ON SNOBS
316
WHAT SNOBS ADMIRE
320
ON SOME RESPECTABLE SNOBS
323
ON SOME RESPECTABLE SNOBS
326
GREAT CITY SNOBS
330
ON SOME MILITARY SNOBS
334
MILITARY SNOBS
337
ON CLERICAL SNOBS
340
ON CLERICAL SNOBS AND SNOBBISHNESS
343
ON CLERICAL SNOBS
347
ON UNIVERSITY SNOBS
350
ON UNIVERSITY SNOBS
354
ON LITERARY SNOBS
357
A LITTLE ABOUT IRISH SNOBS
360
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William Makepeace Thackeray was born in Calcutta, India, where his father was in service to the East India Company. After the death of his father in 1816, he was sent to England to attend school. Upon reaching college age, Thackeray attended Trinity College, Cambridge, but he left before completing his degree. Instead, he devoted his time to traveling and journalism. Generally considered the most effective satirist and humorist of the mid-nineteenth century, Thackeray moved from humorous journalism to successful fiction with a facility that was partially the result of a genial fictional persona and a graceful, relaxed style. At his best, he held up a mirror to Victorian manners and morals, gently satirizing, with a tone of sophisticated acceptance, the inevitable failure of the individual and of society. He took up the popular fictional situation of the young person of talent who must make his way in the world and dramatized it with satiric directness in The Luck of Barry Lyndon (1844), with the highest fictional skill and appreciation of complexities inherent within the satiric vision in his masterpiece, Vanity Fair (1847), and with a great subtlety of point of view and background in his one historical novel, Henry Esmond (1852). Vanity Fair, a complex interweaving in a vast historical panorama of a large number of characters, derives its title from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and attempts to invert for satirical purposes, the traditional Christian image of the City of God. Vanity Fair, the corrupt City of Man, remains Thackeray's most appreciated and widely read novel. It contrasts the lives of two boarding-school friends, Becky Sharp and Amelia Smedley. Constantly attuned to the demands of incidental journalism and his sense of professionalism in his relationship with his public, Thackeray wrote entertaining sketches and children's stories and published his humorous lectures on eighteenth-century life and literature. His own fiction shows the influence of his dedication to such eighteenth-century models as Henry Fielding, particularly in his satire, which accepts human nature rather than condemns it and takes quite seriously the applicability of the true English gentleman as a model for moral behavior. Thackeray requested that no authorized biography of him should ever be written, but members of his family did write about him, and these accounts were subsequently published.

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