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By Edgar Allan Poe

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This unmarried quantity brings jointly all of Poe's tales and poems, and illuminates the varied and multifaceted genius of 1 of the best and such a lot influential figures in American literary historical past.

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Introduction, Notes, and For Further Reading Copyright @ 2003 by Nicolas Dames. Š Note on William Makepeace Thackeray, The World of William Makepeace Thackeray and Vanity Fair, An Inspiration for Vanity Fair, and Comments & Questions Copyright @ 2003 by Barnes & Noble, Inc. Š All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

As for the narrator and his readers, surely they know enough without being explicitly instructed. 舡 (p. 365) We are in the hands, therefore, of a discreet and rather jaundiced narrative voice, acquainted with舒and perhaps already tired of舒all the restless machinations of urban strivers. Vanity Fair is a novel full of scandal, including fraud, petty deceit, extramarital complications, and (possibly) murder, but these putative outrages to Victorian notions of social decency are never narrated as surprises.

More than any other major Victorian novelist, Thackeray had the ability to anatomize codes of respectability from within; his anomalous social position, both inside and outside the boundaries that both entranced and repelled him, gave him a set of analytic tools to pry open the secrets of early Victorian propriety, and made him an accomplished writer of the sort of satirical, but not radical, pieces that a burgeoning British press would require. Where he found his first literary homes were in two notable periodicals, Fraser舗s Magazine and Punch.

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