Chapter 5

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Thackeray, manuscript portion of Pendennis. HEW 12.6.16. Left: f. 3v. Right: f. 4.

Manuscript portion from The History of Pendennis, [1850?]

After Vanity Fair’s success, Thackeray’s confident publishers commissioned a new novel. That novel became The History of Pendennis, a semi-autobiographical Bildungsroman, which was serialized from November 1848 to December 1850. As with Thackeray’s other novels, few complete manuscripts exist; portions the manuscript of Pendennis have been scattered among many collections. This portion of the manuscript,  corresponds to chapter 3 in the second volume of the published novel.

HEW 12.6.16. Harry Elkins Widener collection.