For the holar's market primarily, but interesting, alive reading. A thoughtful, assured critical study of Thackeray, by a professor at Stanford University, ""criticism with some biographical intration"". Early days in search of a profession sture and literary beginnings with book reviewing, satire, story telling, the ush papers. Through these media the stamp of the man and future work can he seen his ""healthy antiseptic for hubbness and insincerity of spirit"", his clear-sights, wholesome realism, ha, pity and awe. An analysis of the great works, -- style, ters, motivation, significance. Should fill the need for a book on Thackeray.