“The Book of the Snobs” is a collection of satirical works by William Makepeace Thackeray, first published in Punch magazine as The Snobs of England by one of them. While the word “snob” had been used since the end of the eighteenth century, Thackeray adopted the term to refer to people who look down on others who are “socially inferior” have quickly gained popularity.
About the author
Thackeray, an only child, was born in Calcutta, India, where his father, Richmond Thackeray (1 September 1781 – 13 September 1815), held the high rank of secretary to the board of revenue in the British East India Company. His mother, Anne Becher (1792–1864) was the second daughter of Harriet and John Harman Becher and was also a secretary (writer) for the East India Company.
William had been sent to England earlier, at the age of five, with a short stopover at St. Helena where the imprisoned Napoleon was pointed out to him. He was educated at schools in Southampton and Chiswick and then at Charterhouse School.
William Makepeace Thackeray