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The Writer’s Almanac for July 18, 2017: The Pleasures of Hating

July 18, 2017: birthday: William Makepeace Thackeray

Today is the birthday of William Makepeace Thackeray (books by this author), born in Calcutta, India (1811). His best-known book is Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero. It was published in monthly installments, in 1847 and 1848, and it’s about two women: the well-born but passive Amelia Sedley and the ambitious adventuress Becky Sharp, who delivers one of the book’s most famous lines: “I think I could be a good woman if I had five thousand a year.”