YOUNG THACK by Jean Gould


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Laura Benet's Thackeray of the Great Heart and the Humorous Pen (Dodd, Mead) was so wholly satisfying an introduction to Thackeray and his writings, that this biography, focussed chiefly on his youth and with very little of his works, will seem to those familiar with the other book, to fall short. Many of the same events and situations have been used, and Miss Gould has handled them adroitly, making his younger years lively and interesting. But where Miss Benet's biography was a sympathetic and beautifully written study of a man, a period and the literature that grew out of the combination, Miss Gould's seems almost an attempt to humanize and popularize, to ""de-highbrow"" Thackeray. Perhaps this biography should be firmly held at a lower age level than those who could enjoy the Benet book.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1949
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin