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William Makepeace Thackeray
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Henry Esmond, the English Humourists & the Four Georges

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The estate of Castlewood, in Virginia, which was given to our ancestors by King Charles the First, as some return for the sacrifices made in his Majesty’s cause by the Esmond family, lies in Westmoreland county, between the rivers Potomac and Rappahannoc, and was once as great as an English Principality, though in the early times its revenues were but small. Indeed, for ne ...more
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Published October 1st 1999 by Classic Publishers (first published 1999)
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Nancy Huntting
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing

Thackeray, as Henry Esmond, the writer of this fictional memoir, has you like both Lord and Lady Castlewood, who kindly raise him--you see both their strengths and their failings. The marriage of Lord and Lady of Castlewood, shows, for one thing, that a man does not, deeply, want to be adored (Frank Esmond does not respect his wife, Rachel, for idolizing him, or her possessiveness, managing, and dependency). And the book shows that a woman wants to be known and liked for her mind as well as her

Nov 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
This is a classic and on many "must read lists." I found it wandering, badly in need of an edit. The one neat thing was that the right woman won out, even though she was older and an improbable victor.
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Thackeray, an only child, was born in Calcutta, India, where his father, Richmond Thackeray (1 September 1781 – 13 September 1815), held the high rank of secretary to the board of revenue in the British East India Company. His mother, Anne Becher (1792–1864) was the second daughter of Harriet and John Harman Becher and was also a secretary (writer) for the East India Company.

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