About William Makepeace Thackeray

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07/18/1811 William Makepeace Thackeray was born in Calcutta on 18 July 1811

1816 Father dies, and William goes to England to live with his aunt, Mrs. Ritchie. His mother soon remarries.

1817 Attends school in Chiswick Mall

1822 starts in Charterhouse School at Smithfield.

1828 finished with Charterhouse School at Smithfield. Stepfather prepares him for entrance to Cambridge.

1829 Enters Trinity College

1830 leaves without a degree to travel on Continent; during travels he meets Goethe.

1831 Studies law at Middle Temple, London

1833 gives up studies when he inherits £20,000.

1834 Studies art in Paris and becomes a caricaturist

1836 becomes Paris correspondent of stepfather`s newspaper, The Constitutional

1836 Marries a penniless Irish girl, Isabella Gethen Creagh Shawe, daughter of Colonel Matthew Shawe. Speculates and gambles away his inheritance.

1837 Hack writer in London; publishes in The Times, Fraser`s Magazine, The New Monthly Magazine, and Punch.

1840 Thackeray`s wife goes insane. His two daughters live with his grandmother in Paris.

1842 Visits Ireland and stays with the novelist Lever.

1843 Publishes The Irish Sketchbook, the first work to appear under his own name.

1844 Travels in Far East

1846 Publishes From Cornhill to Cairo

1846 Establishes a home for his daughters, his grandmother, and himself at 13 Young Street in Kensington

1846 Becomes emotionally attached to Cambridge friend`s wife, Mrs. Henry Brookfield.

1848 publishes Vanity Fair

1848 Publishes The Book of Snobs, a collection of portraits that appeared in Punch.

1850 Publishes The History of Pendennis

1851 Ends relationship with Mrs. Brookfield at husband`s insistence.

1852 Publishes The History of Henry Esmond

1852 goes on a lecture tour of the United States on "The English Humorists of the 18th Century."

1855 Publishes The Newcomes, a sequel to The History of Pendennis.

1857 Publishes The Virginians

1861 Founds and edits the Cornhill Magazine

1863 Dies on Christmas Eve in his new home at Palace Gardens of a cerebral hemorrage and is buried at Kensal Green. Leaves an unfinished novel, Denis Duval.




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