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During these same years, he also wrote a number of separately published tales, satires, and Christmas stories, of which the most famous is The Rose and the Ring (1855).

In 1851, Thackeray delivered lectures on The English Humorist of the Eighteenth Century, which he repeated in the United States between November 1851 and April 1852. His tour was a great success. Socially, it won him a host of new friends, financially, it partly allayed his fear that he might leave his daughters in poverty. A second lecture series, on The Four Georges, was also given in America between November 1855 and April 1856. In 1860 Thackeray became editor of Cornhill Magazine, to which he contributed Lovel the Widower and The Roundabout Papers.