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Satirical newspaper, Punch, mocked the work referring to it as "Can you stand her?" due to the protagonist's inability to decide between her two suitors. Alice Vavasor is currently engaged to the respectable John Grey. She had previously broken off an engagement to her wild cousin George. John does not object when Alice plans a tour Switzerland with ex-fiance George and his sister Kate...
The story opens with Valeria Brinton marrying Eustace Woodville over the objections of Woodville's family. Soon after the wedding Valeria becomes uneasy and starts to suspect her husband is hiding something from his past. Her suspicions are confirmed when she finds he has been using a false name. Collins used his experience studying law to help create one of the earliest female sleuths.
Vanity Fair was the first work that Thackeray published under his own name. Extremely well-received at the time, it is now remembered as a classic of English literature. While the novel satirizes society in early 19th-century England, Thackeray meant the book to be not only entertaining but also instructive.
"Kessel proves himself again a master not just of science fiction, but also of the modern short story, crafting compelling characters and following them through plots that never fail to please - or to defy prediction."
"Kessel's blend of dark humor and reality-stretching scenarios is consistently mesmerizing."
"One of the best collections of the year."
"These well-crafted stories, full of elegantly drawn characters, deliver a powerful emotional punch."
Henry Adams was the grandson of the American President John Quincy Adams and great-grandson of President and Founding Father John Adams.
In early old age he began recording his personal struggle to come to terms with his view of the coming twentieth century.
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