Thackeray and Currer Bell

Bernard Cracroft

General Description

Date: 1856
Genre: Prose essay

Scholarly Commentary

Guest Editor: PC Fleming


In this essay, Bernard Cracroft discuss Jane Eyre, Vanity Fair, and The Newcomes. His interests are moral and social, in contrast to Burne-Jones’s aesthetic focus in his essay on Thackeray in the January issue.

This essay is an example of the inconsistent printing of The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine. Most essays continue quotation marks down the left side of the column for long quotes. This is done with some of the quotes in this essay, but not all. The excerpt from Jane Eyre that runs from page 329 to page 330 does not have quotation marks down the left margin, but the following quotation, from Vanity Fair, has quotation marks to the left of every line. Some quotes in this essay are also printed in smaller type than others, a common practice in the Magazine for poetry quotations, but unusual for prose.

Printing History

First printed in The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine , June, 1856.

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