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The English Humourists

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William Thackeray (1811-63) began as a journalist and produced his first critique in 1837, and his first novel in 1841. His association with Punch began in 1842 and articles continued until 1854. In 1851 he gave a series of lectures on 'The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century' in cities around England and later the USA. This collection of potted biographies comprises Jonathan Swift; Congreve and Addison; Richard Steele; Prior, Gay and Pope; Hogarth, Smollet and Fielding; Sterne and Goldsmith. These seven lectures were delivered on Thackeray's American tour of 1852, but only the six lectures pertaining to English authors were published in England; the seventh - "Charity and Humour" - appeared here for the first time. These lectures were a great success with the Victorian public, and remain a witty, enjoyable and affectionate comment on the period by one of England's greatest writers.

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Hardback Editions

June 1968 : UK Hardback

Title: English Humourists (Everyman's Library)
Author(s): W M Thackeray
ISBN: 0-460-00610-X / 978-0-460-00610-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
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Paperback Editions

December 2002 : USA Paperback

Title: English Humourists, The
Author(s): William Makepeace Thackeray
ISBN: 1-4102-0301-8 / 978-1-4102-0301-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: University Press of the Pacific
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