Chapter 3

With a young family to support, Thackeray focused on producing material for periodicals. His stories for Fraser’s were well-received, and his work was steadily increasing.

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Photograph “The Common Lot” from Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond (London: Bradbury & Evans, 1849) Catherine appears in Fraser’s.

Photograph Thackeray satirizes publishing and authors in Reading a Poem (New York: Grolier Club, 1911) . Thackeray to his aunt Charlotte Ritchie, on Isabella’s decline, 10 September 1840. Photograph
Photograph Thackeray to Charlotte Ritchie, struggling to find a cure for his wife, 19 August 1841. Thackeray writes for Punch.

Photograph Thackeray’s first letter to his daughter Anny (undated).

Thackeray.  Sketch of Anny and watercolor of himself and Anny, ca. 1840-41.

Photograph Thackeray to Charlotte Ritchie, on Isabella’s lack of improvement, 12 June 1844

Thackeray’s first Christmas book, Mrs. Perkins’s Ball (London: Chapman & Hall, 1847). Photograph
Photograph The Ballymulligan Polka, as danced at Mrs. Perkins’s Ball (London, Tolkien, undated.) Thackeray, self portrait, ca. 1840.