Biography for Vanity Fair


Penguin Putnam
William Makepeace Thackeray (18111863) was born and educated to be a gentleman but gambled away much of his fortune. He was a regular contributor to periodicals andVanity Fair was serialized in Punch in 18471848.

John Carey is Professor of English at Oxford University and the chief book reviewer of theSunday Times (London). He lives in London.

Coralie Bickford-Smith is an award-winning designer at Penguin Books (U.K.), where she has created several highly acclaimed series designs. She studied typography at Reading University and lives in London.


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Random House, Inc.
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was born and educated to be a gentleman but gambled away much of his fortune while at Cambridge. He trained as a lawyer before turning to journalism. He was a regular contributor to periodicals and magazines and Vanity Fair was serialised in Punch in 1847-8. John Carey is Professor of English at Oxford University. He has written on Dickens and Thackeray.

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