William Makepeace Thackeray Biography
Died At Age: 52
Sun Sign: Cancer
Born in: Kolkata
Famous as: Author & Novelist
Spouse/Ex-: Isabella Gethin Shawe
father: Richmond Thackeray
mother: Anne Becher
children: Anne Isabella, Harriet Marian, Jane
place of death: London, England
City: Kolkata, India
education: Trinity College, Cambridge, Charterhouse School, University of Cambridge
William Makepeace Thackeray was an English author, novelist and satirist who gained international fame and popularity for his novel Vanity Fair. His most famous works include novels Catherine, The Luck of Barry Lyndon and The Adventures of Philip. Initially started as a satirist and parodist, Thackeray produced some of fine examples of this genre. Among them are Timbuctoo, published in 1829, and a collection of fictional sketches The Yellowiplush Papers published in 1837. The author was also a journalist and columnist and contributed sketches for the Fraser's magazine before writing his first novel. By as early as 1940, Thackeray had gained popularity with the release of his two travel books The Paris Sketch Book and The Irish Sketch Book. Nevertheless, his most enduring success came in 1847, with the release of the novel Vanity Fair, which became his masterpiece and one of is best known works. The author died on 24 December 1863.
In 1860, he was made editor of the Cornhill Magazine. Though he preferred the role of a columnist and continued to contribute his Roundabout Papers for the magazine. By this time, his health had worsened and he began showing the similar traits of depression as his wife's, partly motivated by the frustration from his reduced creativity. His over eating and addiction to black pepper further damaged his digestion and made him a heart patient. On the night of 23 December 1863, the author attended a dinner party and was found dead in his bedroom the next morning. He was fifty two years old at the time of his death. A funeral was held at Kensington Gardens and he was buried on 29 December at Kensal Green Cemetery.
Initially known as a satirist and parodist, Thackeray used pseudonyms as Charles James Yellowplush, Michael Angelo Titmarsh and George Savage Fitz-Boodle for his early writings. Timbuctoo, published in 1829, is one of his best satirical works. Another satirical work, a collection of fictional sketches appeared in Fraser's Magazine entitled as The Yellowiplush Papers in 1837. The work was adapted for BBC Radio 4 in 2009. Thackeray's first successful venture as novelist was Catherine, a novel published between 1839 and 1840. Another satirical novel published in Fraser's is The Luck of Barry Lyndon, a story based upon a foreigner trying to attain high position in the society. Nevertheless, his best works remains the novel Vanity Fair, a story based upon an attractive woman. Also among his later notable works, is the novel The Adventures of Philip, a semi autobiographical account of his early life.
WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY TIMELINE
William Thackeray was born on 18 July.
He left the Cambridge University.
Thackeray married Isabella on 20 August.
He took his wife to Ireland.
She was confined in a home in Paris.
The novel Vanity Fair was first published.
He suffered from a deadly attack of illness.
He was made editor of the Cornhill Magazine.
The author died on 24 December.
His wife Isabella passed away.
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