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Datebook: July 18 – William Makepeace Thackeray turns 200

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William Makepeace Thackeray was born on July 18, 1811 (and died December 24, 1863). He was an English novelist famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society, and may also be known for The Luck of Barry Lyndon and Catherine. He tended towards the savage in his attacks on high society, military prowess, the institution of marriage and hypocrisy. During the Victorian era, Thackeray was ranked second only to Charles Dickens, but he is now much less read and is known almost exclusively for Vanity Fair. Thackeray saw himself as writing in the realistic tradition and distinguished himself from the exaggerations and sentimentality of Dickens.

It’s Monday, July 18th

Free training sessions will be held in preparation for the 8th annual Paducah Pediatrics Kids’ Triathlon.  Kids ages 7 to 14 are invited to a swim training tonight at Noble Park Pool from 7:30 to 8:30, and there’s a session for running and biking tomorrow night from 6 to 7 at Noble Park’s Shelter 10.  Parents and siblings are welcome to attend.

There’s a free grandparenting class at Western Baptist Hospital on Thursday night from 5 to 6.  The class provides grandparents and older caregivers with updated information, safety tips, and a refresher on how to care for young children. Register by calling (270) 575-2229.

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah presents a new exhibit entitled “The Chicago School of Fusing,” which will be on display through October 4th.  The show features vibrant quilts and whimsical 3-D quilt cloth objects.  The National Quilt Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from 1 to 5.

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