First published in 1996, The William Makepeace Thackeray Library is a collection of works written by and about the novelist. This first volume contains extracts of William Makepeace Thackeray’s early fiction and journalism in the 1830s and 1840s. In his early career, Thackeray worked as an editor, sub-editor, writer, reviewer, foreign journalist, illustrator, versifier, and hack reporter, and by 1847 had managed to maintain an unbroken and multi-faceted literary output through magazines, journals and newspapers for fourteen years. With an introduction by Richard Pearson, this book reveals some of Thackeray’s early and lesser-known work.
This book will be of interest to those studying Thackeray and nineteenth-century literature.
Introduction Richard Pearson; ‘Half-a-Crown’s Worth of Cheap Knowledge’, Fraser’s Magazine, March 1838; ‘Horae Catnachianae’, Fraser’s Magazine, April 1839; ‘Catherine: A Story’, Works, vol. 20 and Fraser’s Magazine, February 1840; ‘The Ravenswing’, Works, vol. 20; ‘May Gambols; or, Titmarsh in the Picture Galleries’, Works, vol. 25; ‘The Fat Contributor Papers’, Works, vol. 26; ‘The Diary of C. Jeames de la Pluche’, Works, vol. 15