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This text conveys Thackeray's development as a novelist, lecturer in Great Britain and the United States, familiar essayist, and shaper of cultural awareness as editor of a journal, where he has so powerfully articulated the comical and absurd system of forces defining the human existence that he and his readers shared. Articulating the connections among Thackeray's varied work and activities, the author reveals the broadening imaginative growth and deepening understanding of a supremely insightful perceiver and critic of human life.
EDGAR F. HARDEN is Professor of English at Simon Fraser University. He has published on Browning, Trollope and especially Thackeray in journals that include Victorian Poetry, PMLA, Nineteenth-Century Fiction, and Journal of English and Germanic Philology. He is also the author of The Emergence of Thackeray's Serial Fiction (1979), Thackeray's English Humourists and Four Georges (1985), and Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero. A Critical Study (1995).