William Makepeace Thackeray: The Adventures of Philip

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  • Carol Hanbery MacKay (University of Texas at Austin)

The last completed novel of William Makepeace Thackeray, The Adventures of Philip was originally serialized in twenty monthly installments in The Cornhill Magazine (January 1861-August 1862). Its subtitle, ...on His Way Through the World; Showing Who Robbed Him, Who Helped Him, and Who Passed Him By, alludes to the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-32) and summarizes the general plotline of the novel. Ostensibly the main character, Philip Firmin is a blustering but good-hearted young man whose fortunes variously rise and fall and rise again during the course of this Bildungsroman. At his mother's death, he becomes heir to a fortune of forty-thousand pounds, but he is estranged from h…

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MacKay, Carol Hanbery. "The Adventures of Philip". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 August 2008
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