William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863)

Death: 24th December 1863
Cause of death: Stroke
Location: Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England Plot: Square 36, Row 1, Grave 18177
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English novelist, best known for writing Vanity Fair. Born in Calcutta, he was sent to school in England at the age of five. He was educated at Charterhouse and then Trinity College, Cambridge, but he dropped out in 1830. 
He received his inheritance aged twenty-one, but he wasted it on gambling and poor investments. He improved his situation when he fell in love with Isabella Shaw, the couple married in 1836. Thackeray began working as a journalist and started writing for Punch magazine. Once he was financially stable he was able to write the long novels that he is known for. 
Thackeray and Isabella had three daughters before Isabella began to suffer from mental illness in 1840. Thackeray blamed himself because of the financial difficulties he had subjected her to during the early part of their marriage. The difficulties that women have to endure because of the thoughtlessness of men are a noticeable theme in several of his books.