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The History of Pendennis: His Fortunes & Misfortunes, His Friends & His Greatest Enemy by William Makepeace Thackeray (Author), J. I. M. Stewart (Editor), Donald Hawes (Introduction)

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The History of Pendennis: His Fortunes & Misfortunes, His Friends & His Greatest Enemy by William Makepeace Thackeray  (Author), J. I. M. Stewart (Editor), Donald Hawes (Introduction)
   
  
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'The History of Pendennis: His Fortunes & Misfortunes, His Friends & His Greatest Enemy'
​By William Makepeace Thackeray  (Author), J. I. M. Stewart (Editor), Donald Hawes (Introduction)

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Written immediately after "Vanity Fair", "Pendennis" has a similar atmosphere of brooding disillusion, tempered by the most jovial of wits. But here Thackeray plunders his own past to create the character of Pendennis and the world in which he lives: from miserable schoolboy to striving journalist, from carefree Oxbridge to the high (and low) life of London. The result is a superbly panoramic blend of people, action and background. The true ebb and flow of life is caught and the credibility of Pen, his worldly uncle, the Major, and many of the other characters, extends far beyond the pages of the novel. Held together by Thackeray's flowing, confident prose, with its conversational ease of tone, "Pendennis" is as rich a portrait of England in the 1830s and 40s as it is a thorough and thoroughly entertaining self-portrait.


`Boisterous, genial, fast-moving mid-Victorian novel'

​(The Week)

 

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Thackeray, an only child, was born in Calcutta, India, where his father, Richmond Thackeray (1 September 1781 – 13 September 1815), held the high rank of secretary to the board of revenue in the British East India Company. His mother, Anne Becher (1792–1864) was the second daughter of Harriet and John Harman Becher and was also a secretary (writer) for the East India Company.

William had been sent to England earlier, at the age of five, with a short stopover at St. Helena where the imprisoned Napoleon was pointed out to him. He was educated at schools in Southampton and Chiswick and then at Charterhouse School.
 
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