Thackeray, Prodigal Genius (Faber and Faber, 1977). Republished in Faber Finds (2008). “Carey writes with a fine hard fluency and wit and a Victorian relish for what he describes”, John Bayley, New Statesman. “Nothing could be further from conventional English literary criticism than the graceful, shrewdly imaginative and intensely precise appreciation offered here”, Michael Levey, Times Educational Supplement. “A book of flashing panache, utterly liberated from the academic faults – bewilderingly so for a distinguished academic”, C.P. Snow.
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