Vanity Fair Resources
Everything you ever wanted to know about our favorite repressed ancestors, brought to you by Brown University. This links to the page on Thackeray.
General info from the Victorian Web about the East India Company and how it basically owned India.
Lean about Napoleon from the BBC.
Movie or TV Productions
Atrocious nonsense starring Reese Witherspoon. Don't see this one. Or if you do, don't think you've learned anything about the actual novel.
This BBC miniseries is about as good as the adaptations get. There's no narrator, which is a bummer, because he's half the novel, but at least they stick to the plot and keep the characters.
From the title you can tell they played up the histrionics a bit.
So you don't have to type out long quotations.
A New York Times article about Thackeray's work from 1853. (PDF file)
This is where Thackeray first worked out how social climbing and class rank works. It's hilarious.
Thackeray's very funny short story about a valet who lucks out in the stock market and makes a gentleman of himself. Great stuff.
A reading of Thackeray's funny poem summarizing the plot of a sentimental German novel.
Apparently this entire movie is online, in nine parts on YouTube
Take a look at Thackeray.