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The Book of Snobs

William Makepeace Thackeray

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The necessity of a work on Snobs, demonstrated from History, and proved by felicitous illustrations:—I am the individual destined to write that work—My vocation is announced in terms of great eloquence—I show that the world has been gradually preparing itself for the work and the man—Snobs are to be studied like other objects of Natural Science, and are a part of the Beautiful (with a large B). They pervade all classes—Affecting instance of Colonel Snobley.

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. . .t, swelling with pride of race, the descendant of illustrious Norman robbers, whose blood has been pure for centuries, and who looks down upon common Englishmen as a free American does on a nigger,—I like to see old Stiffneck obliged to bow down his head and swallow his infernal pride, and drink the cup of humiliation poured out by Pump and Aldgate's butler. 'Pump and Aldgate, says he, 'your grandfather was a bricklayer, and his hod is still kept in the bank. Your pedigree begins in a workhouse; mine can be dated from all the royal palaces of Europe. I came over with the Conqueror; I am own cousin to Charles Martel, Orlando Furioso, Philip Augustus, Peter the Cruel, and Frederick Barbarossa. I quarter the Royal Arms of Brentford in my coat. I despise you, but I want money; and I will sell you my beloved daughter, Blanche Stiffneck, for a hundred thousand pounds, to pay off my mortgages. Let your son marry her, and she shall become Lady Blanche Pump and Aldgate.' Read More

Community Reviews

"Knjiga o snobovima" predstavlja zbirku tekstova, clanaka koje je Vilijam Mejkpis Tekeri pisao u jednogodisnjem periodu od 1846. do 1847. godine, a izlazili su u casopisu Panc, poznatom po svojoj satiricnoj noti.
Nekada je snobizam bio karakteristican za oznacavanje pojedinaca na lestvici medjuklasno

ვიქტორიანულ ეპოქას კარგად თუ არ იცნობ, ამ წიგნის თავების უმეტესობა არარელევანტურია დღევანდელობასთან მიმართებით. თან ჩვენს ეპოქაში განსაკუთრებით.

И вновь опять Одноэтажная Америка. Произведение-дневник, суть которого можно передать в одной главе (что собственно и происходит последняя глава раскрывает главный вопрос лучше, чем какая-либо другая, и ее прочтения будет достаточно для ознакомления). Немного несправедливо оценивать данную работу ка

Any literary-minded American young person, particularly those of an Anglophilic bent, will discover Punch magazine at some point in their adolescence and probably think to themselves, "why is this considered funny?".

This book anthologizes weekly columns Thackeray wrote for Punch in 1847-48 - of cour

The Book of Snobs is a collection of weekly columns written in 1848 for Punch magazine By William Makepeace Thackeray. Thackeray may not have invented the word “snob”, but the idea of an upwardly mobile mercantile middle class desperate to appear better born than they had been was still quite new in

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