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Author Loofbourow, John, author

Title Thackeray and form of fiction / John Loofbourow
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 1964


Description 1 online resource
Series Princeton legacy library
Princeton legacy library.
Contents Frontmatter -- Preface -- Contents -- I. New Relationships in Style, Form, and Content -- II. Parody of "Fashionable" Fiction (1837-1848): Vanity Fair -- III. Parody of Chivalric Romance (1845-1849): Vanity Fair -- IV. Neoclassical Conventions: Vanity Fair, Pendennis, The Newcomes -- V. Form, Style, and Content in Vanity Fair -- VI. Allegorical-Biographical-Historical Epic: Henry Esmond -- VII. Esmond as Epic -- VIII. Style and Form in Esmond -- IX. Style and Content in Esmond -- Index
Summary In a critical examination of Thackeray's style, Mr. Loofbourow shows how Thackeray "hybridized" the genre of the romance by adapting the tone and language of the epic, the chivalric romance, and the pastoral, and by carrying parody and satire to a high technical level. Thackeray used these techniques with particular success in Vanity Fair and Henry Esmond. Besides analyzing these two works, Mr. Loofbourow discusses the significance of epic in the 19th century, the expressive values of the novel as a whole, and the relevance of Thackeray's methods to the work of such writers as George Eliot, Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and E.M. Forster. His book is an attempt to come to terms with Thackeray's style, and a work conceivably destined to become a landmark among the very few acceptable studies of English fiction. It should prove indispensable to anyone interested in style in fiction, and should at the same time precipitate a new trend in Thackeray scholarship. Originally published in 1964. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863 -- Criticism and interpretation
Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863 -- Criticism and interpretation
Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781400879243