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This edition of the Works contains all of Thackeray's known works intended for publication, including the novels, travel books, serial and separate contributions to various periodicals, texts of lectures, and the play The Wolves and the Lamb. The contents of the volumes are: Volume 1 (275 pp.): Critical introduction to the Works by Prof. Micael Clarke; Barry Lyndon. Volume 2 (300 pp.): Vanity Fair, volume I. Volume 3 (346 pp.): Vanity Fair, volume II. Volume 4 (398 pp.): The History of Pendennis, volume I. Volume 5 (355 pp.): The History of Pendennis, volume II. Volume 6 (386 pp.): The Newcomes, volume I. Volume 7 (371 pp.): The Newcomes, volume II. Volume 8 (395 pp.): The History of Henry Esmond. Volume 9 (390 pp.): The Virginians, volume I. Volume 10 (361 pp.): The Virginians, volume II. Volume 11 (363 pp.): Lovel the Widower (this and all preceding volumes are novels); The Four Georges (lectures); The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century (lectures) Volume 12 (258 pp.): The Adventures of Philip, volume I. Volume 13 (225 pp.): The Adventures of Philip, volume II (a novel) Volume 14 (298 pp.): Denis Duval (the last, incomplete, novel); Morning Chronicle contributions (journalism) Volume 15 (393 pp.): From Cornhill to Grand Cairo; The Irish Sketch-book (travel books) Volume 16 (250 pp.): The Paris Sketch-book (a travel book) Volume 17 (277 pp.): Sketches and Travels in London; The Fatal Boots (fiction); Little Travels and Roadside Sketches (travel writing); The Wolves and the Lamb (a play) Volume 18 (198 pp.): Catherine (fiction); Cox's Diary (fiction) Volume 19 (146 pp.): Men's Wives (fiction) Volume 20 (279 pp.): The Memoirs of Charles J. Yellowplush (fiction); The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond (fiction); A Little Dinner at Timmins's (fiction) Volume 21 (288 pp.): The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan (fiction); Novels by Eminent Hands (satire); The Diary of C. Jeames de la Pluche (fiction); The History of the Next French Revolution (fiction); A Legend of the Rhine (fiction) Volume 22 (393 pp.): Christmas Books; Sketches (magazine contributions) Volume 23 (198 pp.): Charity and Humour (a lecture); Critical Reviews (artistic and literary criticism) Volume 24 (337 pp.): The Book of Snobs (comic essays); The Fitz-Boodle Papers (fiction); A Shabby Genteel Story (fiction) Volume 25 (328 pp.): Roundabout Papers (magazine editorial pieces); The Second Funeral of Napoleon (journalism); The Bedford-Row Conspiracy (fiction) Volume 26 (305 pp.): Miss Tickletoby's Lectures on English History; Papers by the Fat Contributor; miscellaneous contributions to 'Punch' Volume 27 (260 pp.): Ballads All of the Works have been newly typeset for this edition. The texts have been mostly taken from the London Edition of the works (London: The Caxton Publishing Company, undated, 12 vols.). Some of the more widely available texts, chiefly the major novels, have been taken from e-texts available through Project Gutenberg, checked against and collated with the London Edition with the more inclusive version being preferred in any cases where the two texts differ. The Wolves and the Lamb, which is not found in the London Edition, has been based solely on a Project Gutenberg text. Professor Micael Clarke (Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago) has contributed an introduction to the Works as a whole, printed in volume 1.
First published in 1996, The William Makepeace Thackeray Library is a collection of works written by and about the novelist. This sixth volume contains the work of Lewis Melville, one of the most productive biographers and critics of Thackeray at the turn of the 20th century. Richard Pearson’s helpful introduction not only provides additional information on the biographer himself, but also analyses the text and tracks its development over time. This book will be of interest to those studying Thackeray and nineteenth-century literature.

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