The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

By (author) Laurence Sterne

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This title comes with a new introduction by Tom Mccarthy. Doomed to become the 'sport of fortune' by an interruption at the crucial moment of conception, Tristram Shandy's life lurches from one mishap to another: his nose crushed by the doctor's forceps during birth, christened with the wrong name, an unfortunate incident involving a slamming sash window. Discover the anti-autobiography of the hilarious and impossibly long-winded Tristram Shandy.

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  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 36mm | 539.99g
  • 01 Mar 2015
  • VINTAGE
  • Vintage Classics
  • London
  • English
  • 0099519151
  • 9780099519157
  • 748,125

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Author Information

Laurence Sterne was born in 1713, the younger son of a landowning Yorkshire family. He studied at Jesus College, Cambridge and was ordained in 1738. Sterne's dramas were mostly personal, including bitter quarrels with his wife and uncle, and some high profile affairs. The publication of the first volumes of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy in 1759 made him famous throughout Europe overnight. He went on to complete the remaining volumes over the next seven years. Sterne died in 1768 of tuberculosis, the condition that had dogged him for many years.

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"Tristram Shandy is one of the funniest novels in the English language. It's also one of the first great experimental literary works" Independent "A mad, recursive, literary joke" Daily Telegraph "An extraordinary comic tour de force" Guardian "The ultimate novel about writing a novel" Sunday Telegraph "An amazing book, seeming like a modern experimental novel but written in the 18th century by an Anglican clergyman. You can dip in and out of it with constant pleasure." -- Bamber Gasgoigne Daily Express

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An amazing book, seeming like a modern experimental novel but written in the 18th century by an Anglican clergyman. You can dip in and out of it with constant pleasure.

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WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY TOM MCCARTHY 'A mad literary joke' Daily Telegraph Doomed to become the ‘sport of fortune’ by an interruption at the crucial moment of conception, Tristram Shandy’s life lurches from one mishap to another: his nose crushed by the doctor’s forceps during birth, christened with the wrong name, an unfortunate incident involving a slamming sash window… Discover the anti-autobiography of the hilarious and impossibly long-winded Tristram Shandy. See also: Life by Georges Perec

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