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William Makepeace Thackeray. This brilliant and mordant writer was born in Calcutta in 1811. His father, a man of good family, was in the East India Company's civil service.--Young Thackeray was sent at an early age to England, and received the best part of his education at the Charter house School. He then entered the University of Cambridge, but did not take a degree there, owing probably to the fact that he came into possession of a legacy of £20,000, which left-him free to consult his own tastes. He chose he profession of an artist, and spent several years on the continent in travel and study. Of the proficiency which he attained in this pursuit we can form some idea from the capital drawings with which he illustrated some of his earlier works. A newspaper speculation in which he embarked with his father in London swallowed up the greater part of the fortune which he had acquired on coming of age, and he decided on devoting himself to literature as a profession. Wha