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Tristram Shandy

Tristram Shandy

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Laurence Sterne, Introduction and notes by Prof. Cedric Watts, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 28mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853262919
  • ISBN 13: 9781853262913
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 17,300

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Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is a huge literary paradox, for it is both a novel and an anti-novel. As a comic novel replete with bawdy humour and generous sentiments, it introduces us to a vivid group of memorable characters, variously eccentric, farcical and endearing. As an anti-novel, it is a deliberately tantalising and exuberantly egoistic work, ostentatiously digressive, involving the reader in the labyrinthine creation of a purported autobiography. This mercurial eighteenth-century text thus anticipates modernism and postmodernism. Vibrant and bizarre, Tristram Shandy provides an unforgettable experience. We may see why Nietzsche termed Sterne 'the most liberated spirit of all time'.

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