|Full name||: William Makepeace Thackeray|
|Alias||: William Makepeace Thackeray|
|Animals||: The Sheep|
|Father||: Richmond Thackeray|
|Mother||: Anne Becher|
|Wife||: Isabella Gethin Shawe|
|Children||: Anne Isabella, Jane, Harriet Marian|
|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.
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. His landmark success came in 1847, when the novel Vanity Fair was first published and soon became one of his most remembered works. With the stunning success of the novel, Thackeray reached at the peak of his success and produced a number of large novels including Pendennis, The Newcomes, and The History of Henry Esmond. In 1849, he suffered from a deadly attack of illness which left him bedridden for months. Despite his ailing health and reduced energy, Thackeray continued lecturing at various Universities and seminars.
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.
William Thackeray was born on 18 July 1811 in Calcutta, India. His father Richmond Thackeray was a high rank secretary to the board of revenue in the British East India Company. Anne Becher, his mother was also a secretary writer for the East India Company. At age five, William went on attending his first school St. Helena and then at Charterhouse School, which he loathed in part due to the teasing he was subjected to there. His abhorrence for the school is evident in his later fictions where he chose to call it mockingly a "Slaughterhouse". Upon completion of the initial school, he went on to study at Trinity College, Cambridge but left it in the middle of the session in 1830. Around this period, he had started writing for the college magazine The Snob and The Gownsman.
After an extensive trip to Paris and Weimar, he returned to England and enrolled at the Middle Temple to study law. Once again he gave up, leaving the college soon. Upon inheriting his father's assets at the age of 21, he invested in two newspapers The National Standard and The Constitutional and lost the money The National Standard and The Constitutional as they crumpled down soon. He worsened the condition by investing in banks that were at the verge of becoming insolvent and when this happened, he was coerced to find a job to support himself. For sometime, he worked as an artist.