Other Literary Forms
William Makepeace Thackeray published seven novels during his lifetime, and the unfinished Denis Duval was printed posthumously in 1864. Vanity Fair (1847-1848) and The Luck of Barry Lyndon (1844), which was filmed, are considered his masterpieces, both of them featuring memorable protagonists who exhibit both heroic and venal qualities. Thackeray was a prolific contributor to periodicals of parodies, satires, humorous sketches, essays, reviews, and articles. He was a correspondent for many newspapers and an editor of several magazines. He also issued popular Christmas annuals for many years.