Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Reviewed by Edwin Percy Whipple
The Atlantic Monthly
[Ed. Note. This review first ran in the Atlantic Monthly, May 1865.]
"In the novels of Thackeray, essay is so much mixed up with narrative, and comment with characterization, that they can hardly be thoroughly appreciated in poor editions. The temptation to skip is almost irresistible, when wisdom can be purchased only at the expense of eyesight. We are therefore glad to welcome the commencement of a new edition of his writings, over whose pages the reader can linger at his pleasure, and quietly enjoy the subtleties of humor and observation which in previous perusals he overlooked...." Read the entire classic Atlantic Monthly review.