Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

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Set in the second half of the eighteenth century, Barry Lyndon is the fictional autobiography of an adventurer and rogue whom the reader is led to distrust from the very beginning. Born into the petty Irish gentry, and outmanoeuvred in his first love-affair, a ruined Barry joins the British army. After service in Germany he deserts and, after a brief spell as a spy, pursues the career of a gambler in the dissolute clubs and courts of Europe. In a
determined effort to enter fashionable society he marries a titled heiress but finds he has met his match.
First published in 1844, Barry Lyndon is Thackeray's earliest substantial novel and in some ways his most original, reflecting his views of the true art of fiction: to represent a subject, however unpleasant, with accuracy and wit, and not to moralize.
The text is that of George Sainsbury's 1908 Oxford edition which restores passages cut when the novel was revised in 1856.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 19mm | 264g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199537461
  • 9780199537464
  • 135,072

About William Makepeace Thackeray

William M. Thackeray, geb. 1811 in Kalkutta als Sohn eines Beamten der Ostindien-Kompanie und in englischen Internatsschulen erzogen, brach sein Studium der Mathematik in Cambridge ab und reiste nach Frankreich, Holland und Deutschland, wo er 1830 Goethe seine Aufwartung machte. 1833 ging er nach Paris und studierte Malerei, was ihn befähigte, viele seiner späteren literarischen Werke selbst zu illustrieren. Nach London zurückgekehrt, betätigte er sich als Anwalt, Journalist und Verleger. Seine literarische Laufbahn begann er mit Kritiken und parodistischen Beiträgen für führende englische Zeitungen und Magazine. Thackeray gilt nach Charles Dickens als der bedeutendste englische Romancier des viktorianischen Zeitalters.
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