This second edition of a unique companion to Thackeray's great novel enables the reader to follow the novelist step by step through the maze of his erudition, clarifying the immense range of references in the novel. Since these annotations are keyed to Thackeray's chapters, not to the page numbers of any particular edition of the novel, they can be consulted in connection with any edition of Vanity Fair the reader happens to own.
Oscar Mandel is Professor in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of drama, fiction, poetry and literary criticism. John Andrew Sutherland is Professor of Literature at the California Institute of Technology.