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"Vanity Fair", published 1847–8, is a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray that satirises British society in the early 19th century. Use with the [william-makepeace-thackeray] tag.

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In Vanity Fair, what is the meaning of "my s—"?

For context, Mr. Osborne is angry with his son George; in this scene near the beginning of chapter 24, Dobbin has arranged a meeting with Osborne to convince him to reconcile with George. At last ...
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Where was the story first told that the title of Vanity Fair come to Thackeray in a "eureka moment" in bed?

In his preface to Summer Lightning, P. G. Wodehouse makes reference to the story that William Makepeace Thackeray had a "eureka moment" in bed wherein he, Thackeray, suddenly had the idea ...
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Why was Fontane's copy of Thackeray's Vanity Fair confiscated by English customs?

When Theodor Fontane travelled to London in September 1855, the three volumes of his copy of William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair were confiscated by customs. As far as I can tell, Vanity Fair ...
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Could Becky Sharp in "Vanity Fair" be considered a Byronic heroine?

I was recently rereading William Makepeace Thackeray's novel, Vanity Fair as it follows the lives of two distinct female characters, Becky Sharp and Emmy Sedley. I also have read that Thackeray ...
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