Biography for Vanity Fair
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.