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W.M.Thackeray's Vanity Fair - Nicholson


Title: Vanity Fair
Author: W.M.Thackeray
Publisher: W. Nicholson and Sons
Publication Date: Undated
Format: Hardcover
Condition: This book is in a good condition for its age. The spine is damaged and the boards are worn and have markings.

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Reader's note

Country House Library is proud to present this wonderful, antique edition of William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair! This novel, has inspired so much and has been adapted into many different forms. The book is presented as a puppet show, as shown in the 'Before the curtain' preface - As the manager of the Performance sits before the curtain on the boards and looks into the Fair, a feeling of profound melancholy comes over him in his survey of the bustling place. There is a great quantity of eating and drinking, making love and jilting, laughing and the contrary, smoking, cheating, fighting, dancing and fiddling; there are bullies pushing about, bucks ogling the women, knaves picking pockets, policemen on the look-out, quacks (OTHER quacks, plague take them!) bawling in front of their booths, and yokels looking up at the tinselled dancers and poor old rouged tumblers, while the light-fingered folk are operating upon their pockets behind. Yes, this is VANITY FAIR; not a moral place certainly; nor a merry one, though very noisy. Look at the faces of the actors and buffoons when they come off from their business; and Tom Fool washing the paint off his cheeks before he sits down to dinner with his wife and the little Jack Puddings behind the canvas. The curtain will be up presently, and he will be turning over head and heels, and crying, "How are you?" - a true classic in every sense of the word! The beautiful book can take pride of place in any collection!