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Tristram Shandy (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Max Byrd


160 pages

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Max Byrd’s lucidly written and compelling volume aims to provide a scholarly introduction to one of the most puzzling pieces of eighteenth-century literature, and a stimulus to critical thought and discussion.

Laurence Sterne – an eccentric and largely unsuccessful clergyman - was forty-six when he sat down in January of 1759 to being his literary masterpiece. Aside from his sermons, only two of which had ever been published, Sterne had little more to do with the literary life than any other respectable provincial clergyman. His explosion into the history of English literature occurred not only without preparation, but also without apparent aptitude.

Tristram Shandy, first published in 1985, sketches Sterne’s life and literary antecedents, closely analysing key passages of his great satire and concluding with the critical history and bibliography. It will thus be of use to all students of eighteenth-century English literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations 1. ‘A Picture of Myself’ 2. The Line of Wit: Literary Backgrounds 3. An Age of Sensibility 4. Style 5. The Discovery of a Key: Volumes I and II 6. The Indecent and the Sentimental Sublime: Volumes III-VI 7. ‘Joy of the Worm’: Volumes VII-IX 8. Critical History; Selected Bibliography; Index

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