WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY
with D.J. Taylor
Thursday 3rd July 2014
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) - friend of Carlyle and a frequent visitor to Cheyne Row - is one of the great enigmas of Victorian literature: a prodigiously talented novelist whose masterpiece Vanity Fair (1847-48) gained him equal billing with Dickens, but haunted by a lost fortune, a wife who went insane leaving him with the care of their two daughters and a platonic love-affair with the wife of one of his best friends. Here his biographer D.J. Taylor unpicks the career of a man who, while acclaimed as one of the leading talents of his age, may never have wanted to be a novelist at all.
D.J. Taylor is a British novelist and biographer. His biography, Orwell: The Life, won the Whitbread Biography Prize in 2003 and his most recent novel Derby Day (2011) was long listed for the Man Booker Prize in that year. David is also well known as a critic and reviewer.
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