August 28 , 2010



This vintage book contains William Thackeray’s 1840 novel, "Catherine". Originally serialized in Fraser’s Magazine between 1839 and 1840, it is an example of Thackeray’s attempts to criticize the Newgate school of crime fiction, which Thackeray believed championed and glorified criminality. So strong did he feel about this, that he even criticized Dickens for his various portrayals of good-hearted streetwalkers and charming pickpockets. A masterfully-written and brutally gritty novel, Catherine is recommended for fans of crime fiction, and is not to be missed by fans of Thackeray’s seminal work. The chapters of this volume include: “Introducing to the Reader the chief Personage of this Narrative”, “In Which are Depicted the Pleasure of a Sentimental Attachment”, “In Which a Narcotic is Administered, and a Great Deal of Genteel Society Depicted”, “In Which Mrs. Catherine Becomes an Honest Woman Again”, etcetera. Many antiquarian texts such as this are increasingly hard to come by and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
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