By Etienne Gilson

David Moore translation.
Printed in nice Britain by way of Purnell and Sons, Ltd
Paulton (Somerset) and London

Extensive footnotes provided.

Contents:
Preface
I. Dante's Clerical Vocation and Metamorphoses of Beatrice
with sub-sections: I. - X.
II. Philosophy within the Banquet
with sub-sections: I. - VII.
II. Philosophy within the Monarchy
with sub-sections: I. - V.
Philosophy within the Divine Comedy
with sub-sections: I.
(A. The variety of Beatrice
B. The Verb "To Smile"
C. The Symbolism of Intelletto
D. The Symbolism of "Will"
E. The Actors of the Sacred Poem
F. The Voice of St. Thomas)
- IV.
Eclaircissements
with sub-sections: I. - V.
Index of right Names
Index of the relevant Questions Discussed

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With typically Thackerayan self-mockery, the narrator will later inform us of the landing at Cannes that 舠the French emperor comes in to perform a part in this domestic comedy of Vanity Fair which we are now playing, and which would never have been enacted without the intervention of this august mute personage舡 (p. 175). The task of the novel, for Thackeray, is not to show the individual enlarging to fit history, but to show history narrowing in multiple channels to impact the individuals who can only experience it through its particular effects on their private lives.

He becomes emotionally attached to Mrs. Jane Brookfield, the wife of a friend. His popular sketches of Lon don characters, The Snobs of England, by One of Themselves, ap pear in Punch and will continue in 1847. 1847 Publication of Vanity Fair in monthly installments begins in Punch. 1848 The serialization of Vanity Fair is completed, and the novel is pub lished in book form; subtitled A Novel without a Hero, the satire quickly becomes a best-seller and elevates Thackeray to the rank of major novelist.

To the novel舗s first readers, Thackeray舗s aim seemed puzzling. G. H. Lewes, one of the Victorian period舗s most able critics, wondered whether Vanity Fair was too embittered to be truly humorous, and too uniformly skeptical to be effectively satirical; Charlotte Brontȵ, however, dedicated the second edition of Jane Eyre to Thackeray, whom she had never met, and in the process compared the effect of Vanity Fair to that of a Hebrew prophet admonishing the kings of Judah and Israel. That dilemma舒whether Vanity Fair is the work of a moral satirist, or a worldly cynic retailing gossip for the diversion of his audience舒has haunted efforts to understand Thackeray ever since.

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