Vanity Fair is a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, first published in 1847–48, satirizing society in early 19th-century Britain. Vanity fair refers to a stop along the pilgrim's progress: a never-ending fair held in a town called Vanity, which is meant to represent man's sinful attachment to worldly things. The novel is now considered a classic, and has inspired several film adaptations.
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