Category Archives: Thackeray, William Makepeace

This Week In My Classes: Vanity Fair

Teaching Vanity Fair is always a morally significant experience: it prompts so much reflection on what really matters, both in the world you actually live in, and in the world you wish you lived in. One of the earliest essays I wrote for Open Letters Monthly was on this aspect of Vanity Fair — on the way that it […]

This Week in My Classes: WMT, AC, and EBB

It’s a short week, because of the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday. I think I saw the effects of the long weekend–not good ones–in my 19th-century novels class, where the limp response to questions about Vanity Fair (except from a couple of stalwart contributors) suggested people hadn’t exactly spent it keeping up with the reading. It […]

Kind Words: Thackeray Reviews A Christmas Carol

Here’s a bit of Thackeray’s review of A Christmas Carol from Fraser’s Magazine (1844): Who can listen to objections regarding such a book as this? It seems to me a national benefit, and to every man or woman who reads it a personal kindness. The last two people I heard speak of it were women; […]

Vanity Fair: It’s All About You

Just FYI, by way of an antidote to reading Paul Auster, I indulged in a little writing about Thackeray’s Vanity Fair over at The Valve.

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