The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray

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by William Makepeace Thackeray

Satire Non-fiction Social Class Snobbery English Society Human Folly

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The Book of Snobs is a collection of weekly columns written by William Makepeace Thackeray in 1848 for Punch magazine.

With a satirical and humorous tone and with its protagonist named Snob, the book begins by stating that "snobs should be studied like other objects of natural science".

The book reviews the different social groups existing in countries such as England or France and states that they all suffer from the same problem: snobbery. Thackeray states that there are two main negative characteristics of these people: "give importance to unimportant things" and "meanly admire mean things".

Although Thackeray did not invent the word "snob", he did contribute greatly to giving it the meaning we know today.

En El libro de los esnobs Thackeray hace un inventario de los diferentes grupos sociales en Inglaterra y en el extranjero, principalmente en Francia, así como de diversos tipos de hombres de quienes muestra con humor y virtuosismo que son víctimas la misma enfermedad, el esnobismo. Este mal endémico adopta muchas formas, pero todas se basan en los mismos antivalores que Thackeray resume en dos frases: «give importance to unimportant things» («dar importancia a cosas sin importancia»), y también «meanly admire mean things» («admirar mezquinamente cosas mezquinas»).1​


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About William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray was an English novelist, author and illustrator, who was born in India. He is known for his satirical works, particularly...

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