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Burlesques   By: (1811-1863)

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In "Burlesques" by William Makepeace Thackeray, readers are treated to a collection of satirical stories that showcase the author's wit and keen observations of society. Thackeray's masterful storytelling is demonstrated through his ability to seamlessly blend humor and criticism in a way that leaves readers entertained and introspective.

One of the standout features of "Burlesques" is Thackeray's ability to parody popular literary styles and works of his time. Through playful mimicry, he skillfully presents exaggerated narratives that expose the flaws and absurdities found in contemporary literature. These parodies not only provide laughter but also serve as a clever commentary on societal norms and the broader literary landscape.

Thackeray's characters are vivid and memorable, each representing different aspects of society that he targets for satire. From pompous politicians to pretentious writers, the author shines a light on the hypocrisy and pretensions of those in power and authority. However, what makes Thackeray's characterizations truly remarkable is his ability to infuse them with humanity and empathy. Despite their flaws, the reader is able to connect with and understand these characters on a deeper level, adding another layer of complexity to the narrative.

The author's writing style is captivating and his wit is razor-sharp throughout the collection. Thackeray's prose is elegant and polished, allowing the stories to flow effortlessly. The dialogue is witty, and the author's clever use of puns and wordplay adds another dimension to the humor.

While the stories in "Burlesques" provide plenty of amusement, it is essential to note their underlying critiques of social issues and the human condition. Thackeray uses satire as a tool to confront hypocrisy, shallowness, and the absurdities of his time. Yet, his observations remain relevant even in the present day, reminding readers that human follies are timeless and universal.

Overall, "Burlesques" is a delightful and thought-provoking collection of satirical stories. Thackeray's keen eye for detail, his mastery of language, and his ability to blend humor with social commentary make this book a true gem in the realm of satire. Whether you are a fan of Thackeray's works or a newcomer to his writing, "Burlesques" promises an enjoyable journey that will leave you both laughing and reflecting on the idiosyncrasies of human nature.

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By William Makepeace Thackeray



George de Barnwell. By Sir E. L. B. L., Bart.

Codlingsby. By D. Shrewsberry, Esq.

Phil Fogarty. A Tale of the Fighting Onety Oneth. By Harry Rollicker

Barbazure. By G. P. R. Jeames, Esq., etc.

Lords and Liveries. By the Authoress of "Dukes and Dejeuners," "Hearts and Diamonds," "Marchionesses and Milliners," etc., etc.

Crinoline. By Je mes Pl sh, Esq.

The Stars and Stripes. By the Author of "The Last of the Mulligans," "Pilot," etc.

A Plan for a Prize Novel


A Lucky Speculator

The Diary

Jeames on Time Bargings

Jeames on the Gauge Question

Mr. Jeames Again


I. "Truth is Strange, Stranger than Fiction"

II. Allyghur and Laswaree

III. A Peep into Spain. Account of the Origin and Services of the Ahmednuggar Irregulars

IV. The Indian Camp the Sortie from the Fort

V. The Issue of my Interview with my Wife

VI. Famine in the Garrison

VII. The Escape

VIII. The Captive

IX. Surprise of Futtyghur


I. Sir Ludwig of Hombourg

II. The Godesbergers

III. The Festival

IV. The Flight

V. The Traitor's Doom

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