The Book of Snobs is a collection of satirical works by William Makepeace Thackeray published in book form in 1848, the same year as his more famous Vanity Fair. The pieces first appeared in fifty-three weekly pieces from February 28, 1846 to February 27, 1847, as "The Snobs of England, by one of themselves", in the satirical magazine Punch. The pieces, which were immensely popular and thrust Thackeray into widespread public view, were "rigorously revised" before their collection in book form and omitted the numbers which dealt with then current political issues (numbers 17–23).[1]

The Book of Snobs
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Title page of the first publication
AuthorWilliam Makepeace Thackeray
IllustratorWilliam Makepeace Thackeray
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherPunch Office
Publication date
Media typePrint


  1. ^ Ray, Gordon N. (June 1955). "Thackeray's 'Book of Snobs'" (PDF). Nineteenth-Century Fiction. 10 (1): 22–33, 22 & n.1. doi:10.2307/3044371. JSTOR 3044371.

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