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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
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Laurence Sterne Joan New
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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Laurence Sterne Joan New Melvyn New Melvyn New


Penguin Classics

Classic fiction (pre c 1945);
Literature, Poetry & Criticism


784 pages

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Laurence Sterne's great masterpiece of bawdy humour and rich satire defies any attempt to categorise it. 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 Rick's introductory essay from the first Penguin Classics edition of the novel.

By:   Laurence Sterne
Notes by:   Melvyn New
Introduction by:   Melvyn New
Edited by:   Joan New, Melvyn New
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   532g
ISBN:   9780141439778
ISBN 10:   0141439777
Pages:   784
Publication Date:   June 2003
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Laurence Sterne (1713-68) was a clergyman. The Life of Tristram Shandy made him a celebrity and he was lavishly feted when he visited London. During the latter years of his life he alternated between there and recuperative continental travels. Melvyn and Joan New teach at the University of Florida.

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