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This book conveys Thackeray's development as a novelist, lecturer in Great Britain and the United States, familiar essayist, and shaper of cultural awareness as editor of a major new journal - a development especially growing out of the achievement of Vanity Fair , where he has so powerfully articulated the comical and absurd system of forces defining the human existence that he and his readers shared. Articulating the connections among Thackeray's varied work and activities, Harden reveals the broadening imaginative growth and deepening understanding of a supremely insightful perceiver and critic of human life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312229290
ISBN-10: 0312229291
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 21mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Palgrave USA
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 26-May-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Edgar F. Harden

Edgar F. Harden received the AB degree from Princeton University and the AM and PhD degrees from Harvard University. Since 1966 he has taught at Simon Fraser University, where he is Emeritus Professor of English. He has published on Browning, Trollope and especially Thackeray in journals that include Victorian Poetry; PMLA; Nineteenth-Century Fiction; Journal of English and German Philology; Huntington Library Quarterly; Studies in English Literature 1500-1900; and Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. He is also the author of The Emergence of Thackeray's Serial Fiction; Thackeray's 'English Humourists' and 'Four Georges'; and 'Vanity Fair': a Novel without a Hero - a Reader's Companion; and he has edited Thackeray's Henry Esmond; Annotations for the Selected Works of William Makepeace Thackeray; The Letters and Private Papers of William Makepeace Thackeray: a Supplement; A Checklist of Contributions by William Makepeace Thackeray to Newspapers, Periodicals, Books, and Serial Part Issues, 1828-1864; Selected Letters of Wlliam Makepeace Thackeray; and Thackeray the Writer: From Journalism to 'Vanity Fair'. He has been awarded fellowships and research grants by the Canada Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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