The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman: Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman: Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman This revised edition of Sterne's great comic novel retains the first edition text incorporating Sterne's later changes, and adds two original Hogarth illustrations and a wealth of contextualizing information. Tristram's fictional autobiography features favourites including Uncle Toby, Corporal Trim, Dr Slop and Widow Wadman.
- Published: 22 October 1998
- Format: Paperback 624 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780192834706 ISBN 10: 0192834703
- Sales rank: 769,465
Full description for The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman: Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
'Who has not Tristram Shandy read? Is any mortal so ill bred?' So wrote the young James Boswell in the spring of 1760, when Sterne's comic novel was received with extravagant popular acclaim and some bewilderment. Indeed, how can one describe a novel whose hero-narrator fails in the first two volumes even to get himself born? A narrator who, in a series of digressions he calls the 'sunshine' of reading, interests us instead in such characters as his uncle Toby, a devotee of wargames in the garden, or Parson Yorick, a self-portrait of the author? The text of this Oxford World's Classics edition is based on the first editions of all nine volumes. No unnecessary modernization has obscured Sterne's idiosyncratic presentation of the novel.