The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy

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Penguin Putnam
The comic masterpiece Tristram Shandy is often regarded as a progenitor of the twentieth century novel. Within the resolutely tangled strands of this narrative is the life, from conception, of a gentleman cursed at birth with the name Tristram. Though everything occurs between parlor and garden, Tristram's excitable father, bewildered mother, and Uncle Toby provide ample opportunity for the digressions and madcap events that structure this seminal novel.

Random House, Inc.
Endlessly digressive, boundlessly imaginative and unmatched in its absurd and timeless wit, Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is edited with an introduction by Melvin New and Joan New, and includes a critical essay by Christopher Ricks in Penguin Classics. Laurence Sterne's great masterpiece of bawdy humour and rich satire defies any attempt to categorize it, with a rich metafictional narrative that might classify it as the first 'postmodern' novel. Part novel, part digression, its gloriously disordered narrative interweaves the birth and life of the unfortunate 'hero' Tristram Shandy, the eccentric philosophy of his father Walter, the amours and military obsessions of Uncle Toby, and a host of other characters, including Dr Slop, Corporal Trim and the parson Yorick. A joyful celebration of the endless possibilities of the art of fiction, Tristram Shandy is also a wry demonstration of its limitations. The text and notes of this volume are based on the acclaimed Florida Edition, with a critical introduction by Melvyn New and Christopher Ricks's introductory essay from the first Penguin Classics edition. Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) graduated from Cambridge in 1737 and took holy orders, becoming a prebend in York Cathedral. His masterpiece, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman made him a celebrity but ill-health necessitated recuperative travel and A Sentimental Journey grew out of a seven-month trip through France and Italy. If you enjoyed The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, you might like Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, also available in Penguin Classics. 'The excellent Florida Tristram Shandy ... will be the definitive edition' Studies in English Literature 'The book that I would never tire of ... Sterne was about 250 years ahead of his time' Roy Porter, author of Enlightenment: Britain And The Creation Of The Modern World

Baker & Taylor
Offers the classic story of a young man's experiences since conception and his interpretation of the art of writing.

Publisher: London : Penguin, 2003
Edition: New ed.
ISBN: 9780141439778
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Ste
Characteristics: 736 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: New, Joan
New, Melvyn


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libbuff Jan 14, 2013

I tried to plow through this in college and couldn't do it. Forty years later, I find it's still not my "cup of tea."


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