More by William Makepeace Thackeray

Sadly, Thackeray is seldom read nowadays. Except for 'Vanity Fair', he is mostly unknown and yet many of his contemporaries rated him as highly as Dickens. This comprehensive eBook aims to reveal the true genius of this master storyteller, featuring the complete works, with beautiful illustrations and special bonus texts. (Version 4)

* illustrated with hundreds of images, relating to Thackeray’s life and works
* annotated with concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* images of how the monthly serials first appeared, giving your eReader a taste of the original Victorian texts
* ALL 12 novels, many with their original illustrations
* even includes the rare unfinished novel ‘A Shabby Genteel Story’
* also includes the rare novels ‘Lovel the Widower’, ‘Adventures of Philip’ and the unfinished novel ‘Denis Duval’
* ALL of the short stories and novellas, with excellent formatting
* even INCLUDES Thackeray’s poetry, essays and Punch articles
* ALL of the travel writing and sketches, with many illustrations
* includes Trollope’s biography of Thackeray
* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* master table of contents to allow easy navigation around Thackeray’s immense oeuvre.
* includes Thackeray’s Collected Letters from 1847-1855

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CONTENTS

The Novels
CATHERINE
A SHABBY GENTEEL STORY
THE LUCK OF BARRY LYNDON
VANITY FAIR
THE HISTORY OF PENDENNIS
MEN’S WIVES
THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND, ESQ.
THE NEWCOMES
THE VIRGINIANS
THE ADVENTURES OF PHILIP
LOVEL THE WIDOWER
DENIS DUVAL

The Shorter Fiction
ELIZABETH BROWNRIGGE
SULTAN STORK
LITTLE SPITZ
THE PROFESSOR
MISS LÖWE
THE YELLOWPLUSH PAPERS
THE TREMENDOUS ADVENTURES OF MAJOR GAHAGAN
THE FATAL BOOTS
COX’S DIARY
THE BEDFORD-ROW CONSPIRACY
THE HISTORY OF SAMUEL TITMARSH AND THE GREAT HOGGARTY DIAMOND
THE FITZ-BOODLE PAPERS
THE DIARY OF C. JEAMES DE LA PLUCHE, ESQ. WITH HIS LETTERS
A LEGEND OF THE RHINE
A LITTLE DINNER AT TIMMINS’S
REBECCA AND ROWENA
BLUEBEARD’S GHOST

The Christmas Books
MRS. PERKINS’S BALL
OUR STREET
DOCTOR BIRCH AND HIS YOUNG FRIENDS
THE KICKLEBURYS ON THE RHINE
THE ROSE AND THE RING

The Sketches and Satires
CONTRIBUTIONS TO “THE SNOB”
FLORE ET ZEPHYR
THE IRISH SKETCH BOOK
THE BOOK OF SNOBS
ROUNDABOUT PAPERS
SOME ROUNDABOUT PAPERS
DICKENS IN FRANCE
CHARACTER SKETCHES
SKETCHES AND TRAVELS IN LONDON
MR. BROWN’S LETTERS
THE PROSER
MISCELLANIES

The Play
THE WOLVES AND THE LAMB

The Poetry
LIST OF THE COMPLETE POETRY

The Travel Writing
NOTES OF A JOURNEY FROM CORNHILL TO GRAND CAIRO
THE PARIS SKETCH BOOK
LITTLE TRAVELS AND ROADSIDE SKETCHES

The Non-Fiction
NOVELS BY EMINENT HANDS
THE HISTORY OF THE NEXT FRENCH REVOLUTION
THE SECOND FUNERAL OF NAPOLEON
GEORGE CRUIKSHANK
JOHN LEECH’S PICTURES OF LIFE AND CHARACTER
THE ENGLISH HUMOURISTS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FOUR GEORGES
CRITICAL REVIEWS
A LECTURE ON “CHARITY AND HUMOUR”
VARIOUS ESSAYS, LETTERS, SKETCHES, ETC.
THE HISTORY OF DIONYSIUS DIDDLER.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO PUNCH
MISS TICKLETOBY’S LECTURES ON ENGLISH HISTORY
PAPERS BY THE FAT CONTRIBUTOR
MISCELLANEOUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO “PUNCH”
“SPEC” AND “PROSER” PAPERS
A PLAN FOR A PRIZE NOVEL

The Letters
A COLLECTION OF LETTERS 1847-1855

The Biography
THACKERAY BY ANTHONY TROLLOPE

In Memoriam W. M. Thackeray by Charles Dickens

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The Rose and the Ring

by William Makepeace Thackeray

PRELUDE

It happened that the undersigned spent the last Christmas season

in a foreign city where there were many English children.

In that city, if you wanted to give a child's party, you could

not even get a magic-lantern or buy Twelfth-Night

characters--those funny painted pictures of the King, the Queen,

the Lover, the Lady, the Dandy, the Captain, and so on-- with

which our young ones are wont to recreate themselves at this

festive time.

My friend Miss Bunch, who was governess of a large family that

lived in the Piano Nobile of the house inhabited by myself and my

young charges (it was the Palazzo Poniatowski at Rome, and

Messrs. Spillmann, two of the best pastrycooks in Christendom,

have their shop on the ground floor): Miss Bunch, I say, begged

me to draw a set of Twelfth-Night characters for the amusement of

our young people.

She is a lady of great fancy and droll imagination, and having

looked at the characters, she and I composed a history about

them, which was recited to the little folks at night, and served

as our FIRESIDE PANTOMIME.

Our juvenile audience was amused by the adventures of Giglio and

Bulbo, Rosalba and Angelica. I am bound to say the fate of the

Hall Porter created a considerable sensation; and the wrath of

Countess Gruffanuff was received with extreme pleasure.

If these children are pleased, thought I, why should not others

be amused also? In a few days Dr. Birch's young friends will be

expected to reassemble at Rodwell Regis, where they will learn

everything that is useful, and under the eyes of careful ushers

continue the business of their little lives.

But, in the meanwhile, and for a brief holiday, let us laugh and

be as pleasant as we can. And you elder folk--a little joking,

and dancing, and fooling will do even you no harm. The author

wishes you a merry Christmas, and welcomes you to the Fireside

Pantomime.

W. M. THACKERAY. December 1854.
 On the 18th day of April last I went to see a friend in a neighboring Crescent, and on the steps of the next house beheld a group something like that here depicted. A newsboy had stopped in his walk, and was reading aloud the journal which it was his duty to deliver; a pretty orange-girl, with a heap of blazing fruit, rendered more brilliant by one of those great blue papers in which oranges are now artfully wrapped, leant over the railing and listened; and opposite the nympham discentem there was a capering and acute-eared young satirist of a crossing-sweeper, who had left his neighboring professional avocation and chance of profit, in order to listen to the tale of the little newsboy.

That intelligent reader, with his hand following the line as he read it out to his audience, was saying:—"And—now—Tom—coming up smiling—after his fall—dee—delivered a rattling clinker upon the Benicia Boy's—potato-trap—but was met by a—punisher on the nose—which," &c. &c.; or words to that effect. Betty at 52 let me in, while the boy was reading his lecture and, having been some twenty minutes or so in the house and paid my visit, I took leave.

The little lecturer was still at work on the 51 doorstep, and his audience had scarcely changed their position. Having read every word of the battle myself in the morning, I did not stay to listen further; but if the gentleman who expected his paper at the usual hour that day experienced delay and a little disappointment I shall not be surprised.

I am not going to expatiate on the battle. I have read in the correspondent's letter of a Northern newspaper, that in the midst of the company assembled the reader's humble servant was present, and in a very polite society, too, of "poets, clergymen, men of letters, and members of both Houses of Parliament." If so, I must have walked to the station in my sleep, paid three guineas in a profound fit of mental abstraction, and returned to bed unconscious, for I certainly woke there about the time when history relates that the fight was over. I do not know whose colors I wore—the Benician's, or those of the Irish champion; nor remember where the fight took place, which, indeed, no somnambulist is bound to recollect. Ought Mr. Sayers to be honored for being brave, or punished for being naughty? By the shade of Brutus the elder, I don't know....
Barry Lyndon--far from the best known, but by some critics acclaimed as the finest, of Thackeray's works--appeared originally as a serial a few years before VANITY FAIR was written; yet it was not published in book form, and then not by itself, until after the publication of VANITY FAIR, PENDENNIS, ESMOND and THE NEWCOMES had placed its author in the forefront of the literary men of the day. So many years after the event we cannot help wondering why the story was not earlier put in book form; for in its delineation of the character of an adventurer it is as great as VANITY FAIR, while for the local colour of history, if I may put it so, it is no undistinguished precursor of ESMOND.

In the number of FRASER'S MAGAZINE for January 1844 appeared the first instalment of 'THE LUCK OF BARRY LYNDON, ESQ., A ROMANCE OF THE LAST CENTURY, by FitzBoodle,' and the story continued to appear month by month--with the exception of October--up to the end of the year, when the concluding portion was signed 'G. S. FitzBoodle.' FITZBOODLE'S CONFESSIONS, it should be added, had appeared occasionally in the magazine during the years immediately precedent, so that the pseudonym was familiar to FRASER'S readers. The story was written, according to its author's own words, 'with a great deal of dulness, unwillingness and labour,' and was evidently done as the instalments were required, for in August he wrote 'read for "B. L." all the morning at the club,' and four days later of '"B. L." lying like a nightmare on my mind.' The journey to the East--which was to give us in literary results NOTES OF A JOURNEY FROM CORNHILL TO GRAND CAIRO--was begun with BARRY LYNDON yet unfinished, for at Malta the author noted on the first three days of November--'Wrote Barry but slowly and with great difficulty.' 'Wrote Barry with no more success than yesterday.' 'Finished Barry after great throes late at night.' In the number of Fraser's for the following month, as I have said, the conclusion appeared. A dozen years later, in 1856, the story formed the first part of the third volume of Thackeray's MISCELLANIES, when it was called MEMOIRS OF BARRY LYNDON, ESQ., WRITTEN BY HIMSELF. Since then, it has nearly always been issued with other matter, as though it were not strong enough to stand alone, or as though the importance of a work was mainly to be gauged by the number of pages to be crowded into one cover. The scheme of the present edition fortunately allows fitting honour to be done to the memoirs of the great adventurer.

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