Vanity Fair Author:William Makepeace Thackeray More than a century has passed since vanity fair was first published. yet this panorama of upper-class English society increases in stature as each year goes by. The characters sparkle; the satire is witty; the writing has tremendous vitality. — This literary masterpiece has withstood the test of time so well for a very simple reason. It was and ... more »is a thoroughly entertaining story.