William Makepeace Thackeray
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), novelist. He became famous for his novel 'Vanity Fair', a panoramic satire of English society, which began as a serial publication in January 1847. Before the serial ended he was a celebrity, feted by the society he satirised. The Victorians rated Thackeray second only to Dickens, although many viewed 'History of Henry Esmond' (1852) as his finest work. It is interesting that at the time that Thackeray became friends with the American expatriates Mr and Mrs Russell Sturgis, and visiting 'Mount Felix', he was writing 'The Virginians' (1858-1859), which follows the fortunes of Henry Esmond's grandsons in the United States.