Vanity Fair

Lindsay Sullivan

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William Makepeace Thackeray: Vanity Fair

Thackeray began work on Vanity Fair in 1845, and Bradbury and Evans made an offer for it in 1846. The novel eventually began serialisation in Punch in January 1847, running until July 1848. A one-volume edition was published in 1848 and a revised edition appeared in 1853. The present title of the novel alludes both to John Bunyan (1628-88)’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678) and to the book of Ecclesiastes (see 1v2, 1v14, and 12v8). The Pilgrim’s Progress describes Vanity Fair: “Therefore at this Fair are all such merchandise sold, as houses, lands, trades, places, honours, preferments, titles, countries, kingdoms, lusts, pleasures, and delights of all sorts, as whores, bawds, wives, husbands, children, …
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiterary Encyclopedia
EditorsChris Baldick, Peter Childs, Louise McDonald
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2004

Bibliographical note

The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume English Writing and Culture of the early Twentieth Century , 1900-1945 .
Vol. editors: Chris Baldick (Goldsmiths College, University of London), Peter Childs (Newman University), Louise McDonald (Newman University)


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