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 William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray

Birth
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Death 24 Dec 1863 (aged 52)
Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Burial Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England
Plot Square 36, Row 1, Grave 18177
Memorial ID 1933 · View Source
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Author. Born in Calcutta, India, the only son of Anne Becher and Richmond Thackeray, an East India Company administrator. His father died before he was five, and he was sent to England for school. In 1822, he attended Charterhouse School, and in 1829, went to Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1830, he left Cambridge without taking a degree, and for the following two years studied law at the Middle Temple, London. In 1832, had inherited £20,000, but within ten years, lost his fortune through gambling and speculation. In 1836, while in Paris, he married Isabella G. C. Shawe. He became the Paris correspondent of stepfather's newspaper, 'The Constitutional.' The paper failed, however, in 1837, and the couple returned to London, where he wrote for such periodicals as 'The Times,' 'Fraser's Magazine,' 'The New Monthly Magazine,' and 'Punch.' In 1840, his wife became ill and descended into insanity from which she never recovered, and he lived the rest of his life as a grass widow. He paid for her care, and established his two surviving daughters in a household, while he worked in London, writing hundreds of articles, book reviews, comic sketches, and art criticism for various magazines and newspapers. He published 'Comic Tales' in 1840, and a novella, 'The History of Samuel Titmarsh' in 1841. His first novel, 'Barry Lyndon,' was published as a serial in 'Fraser's Magazine' in 1844. In 1847, 'Punch' serialized what has become his best known work, 'Vanity Fair.' The following year saw the publication of 'The History of Pendennis.' In 1851, he presented a highly successful lecture series, 'The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century.' In 1852, 'The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.' was published in three volumes, but was not, at the time, well received. Other publications included 'The Newcomers '(1853); 'The Four Georges '(1855); 'The Rose and the Ring' (1855); 'The Virginians' (1857); 'Lovel the Widower' (1860) and 'The Adventures of Philip '(1861). At the age of 52, after an evening out, he suffered a stroke and was found dead the following morning. He has been considered the definitive satirical Victorian novelist.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Makepeace Thackeray (18 Jul 1811–24 Dec 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1933, citing Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .