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William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the Victorian-era English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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Introduction & Biography

"William Makepeace Thackeray." Essays on Thackeray's writing techniques, themes, biography, and the Victorian background. The Victorian Web, ed. by Prof. George Landow.

Pearson, Richard. "William Makepeace Thackeray." An introduction to Thackeray from the Literary Encyclopedia, 28 October 2000. On Vanity Fair [subscription service].

Ray, Gordon N. Thackeray (McGraw-Hill 1972). A biography by the standard biographer of Thackeray [sub ser, questia, complete book].

"Thackeray's Vanity Fair." Prof. Melani's web site on Thackeray, includes a brief introduction to the novel.

"William Makepeace Thackeray." Detailed list of Thackeray's publications, with publishers, by year. At the UK site Books and Writers.

"William Makepeace Thackeray." Old literary history and criticism (1907-1921), with obnoxious ads, covers Thackeray's major and minor works and a biography. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature.

Recommended reading list for Thackeray and other major Victorian novelists, about the Victorian novel, and the Victorian historical context, from Prof. Jay Clayton. Academic web site.


Literary Criticism

Cole, Sarah Rose. "National Histories, International Genre: Thackeray, Balzac, and the Franco-British Bildungsroman." On Thackeray's Pendennis, Balzac's Lost Illusions and the international genre of the German Bildungsroman. Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 48 (Nov. 2007).

Cole, Sarah Rose. "The Aristocrat in the Mirror: Male Vanity and Bourgeois Desire in William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair." Nineteenth-Century Literature 61, 2 (Sept. 2006) pp 137-70 [first page only, jstor].

Fasick, Laura. "Thackeray's Treatment of Writing and Painting." Nineteenth-Century Literature 47, 1 (June 1992) [first page only, jstor].

Kurnick, David. "Empty Houses: Thackeray's Theater of Interiority." On nineteenth-century drama and its cultural competition with the novel. Victorian Studies 48, 2 (Winter 2006) pp 257-67 [first page only, jstor].

Lindner, Christoph. "Thackeray's Gourmand: Carnivals of Consumption in Vanity Fair." On Thackeray's representation of excessive consumption and runaway consumerism in Vanity Fair. Modern Philology 99, 4 (May 2002) pp 564-81 [first page only, jstor].

Reed, John R. Dickens and Thackeray: Punishment and Forgiveness" (Ohio UP 1995). On the themes of punishment and forgiveness in the novels of both authors, and the Victorian social and religious context for those ideas [sub ser, questia, complete book].

Shillingsburg, Peter. Esmond in Three Volumes." On the publishing history of Henry Esmond, a chapter from Pegasus in Harness: Victorian Publishing and W. M. Thackeray by the distinguished textual editor Peter L. Shillingsburg. Victorian Web.

"The Victorian Governess: A Bibliography." A list of academic books and articles on the governess in Victorian society, and in Victorian novels (such as Vanity Fair's Becky Sharp). By Cynthia E Huggins, at the Victorian Web.


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