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Set in 19th-century London, Thackeray's The History of Pendennis: His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends and His Greatest Enemy (1848-50) presents a partially fictionalised autobiography of the title character. Country-born gentleman Arthur Pendennis travels to London in quest of town life and society. The novel portrays his love affairs with the callous Blanche Amory and poor Fanny. Both of them marry other people, and Pendennis finally weds Laura Bell, his adopted sister, who had always loved him. This editon is in 2 volumes. The Second volume isbn is 9781427082190.
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Thackeray, an only child, was born in Calcutta. He studied at Cambridge, but, never a keen student, he left the University in 1830 to travel the continent. He began to study law but gave it up and squandered much of his inheritance on gambling and poor investments. He studied art in Paris, but he did not pursue that professionally either, except to illustrate his own novels.
He was a successful novelist, earning the adulation of the very people he satirized. His death at 53 was unexpected.
`Boisterous, genial, fast-moving mid-Victorian novel'
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