This is the first ‘sampler’ which covers all of Thackeray’s versatile genius: his cartoons, his journalism, his carefully restrained sentimentality (much to Victorian taste), his cutting satire, his essayism and what one could grandly call the Thackerayan world view.Read more
‘I should like to write a nightcap book,’
wrote Thackeray towards the end of his
life; one that might put you to sleep but
of which a reader would say, ‘This man
has a friendly heart.’ John Sutherland
has put together just such an anthology.
Lucy Hughes-Hallett in The Oldie