Thackeray

Prodigal Genius

John Carey
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Bringing great writing back into print - a Faber Finds book.

A new approach to Thackeray. Although this study embraces all his work, it switches attention from his late novels, and bases the case for his imaginative vitality on the multifarious material ? reviews, travel books, burlesques, Punch articles ? that he turned out, mostly under severe financial stress, at the start of his writing career. Here was the breeding ground of Vanity Fair; here we find the subversive Thackeray, foe of humbug and high art, waylaying snobbery and the cant of social reformers with bravura and buffoonery ? the Thackeray who, in Trollope?s words, ?laughed, and ate, and drank, and threw his pearls about with miraculous profusion.? In portraying the range and intensity of Thackeray?s imagination, topics singled out include: light and painting; ballet dancers; pantomime; haute cuisine; time?s ruins; and the rainbow realm of commerce. The picture of Thackeray, as man and artist, that emerges, is fresh and challenging.

Author bio:

John Carey is Emeritus Merton Professor of English at Oxford University, a distinguished critic, reviewer and broadcaster, and the author of many books, including studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray. His guide to twentieth century literature, Pure Pleasure, was described by James Wood in the London Review of Books as 'likeable, wise and often right . . . One feels an attractive sense of partisanship in Carey's writing, an alliance with the ordinary, the plain spoken, the unlettered, the sympathetic and the humane. Carey writes with an Orwellian attention to decency'. His celebrated polemic What Good are the Arts? provoked much debate and discussion in 2005. He has been a regular critic on BBC2's Newsnight Review, and is also the editor of the best-selling anthologies The Faber Book of Reportage, The Faber Book of Science and The Faber Book of Utopias.

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9780571244454
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Finds
Pub Date: May 2011
Page Extent: 208
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Fiction & related items

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