Tristram Shandy: Text v.2

Tristram Shandy: Text v.2

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Samuel Johnson and Samuel Richardson condemned it. James Boswell and Goethe proclaimed it a masterpiece. And from the beginning Sterne realized he had written a book that would not suit everyone's taste. For more than two centuries. Tristram Shandy (1759-67) has astounded - and by turns confounded, captivated, angered, and amused but ever entertained - readers worldwide. While on the surface a comic, disjointed account of the title character's life and times, the work is in fact a brilliant commentary on life's inherent chaos, the pointed challenge of British clergy-man-turned-author Laurence Sterne to the twin concepts of rationalism and sentimentalism. Delineating his views through skillfully drawn representations - among them Tristram, Yorick, and Uncle Toby - Sterne pinpointed issues central to not only his era but our own. Filled with thought-provoking ideas and marked by an open, conversational writing style, Tristram Shandy: A Book for Free Spirits is an adroit guide to understanding the aims and achievements of Sterne's masterpiece and to fully appreciating its lessons for contemporary times.

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  • Hardback | 475 pages
  • 162.56 x 233.68 x 40.64mm | 1,043.26g
  • University Press of Florida
  • Florida, United States
  • English
  • 081300599X
  • 9780813005997
  • 1,248,290

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The eight essays in this collection offer a substantial introduction to Sterne's satiric masterpiece, Tristram Shandy. According to Melvyn New's combative and engaging "lntroduction Polemical", they share an interest in the traditions from which Tristram emerged and a turning away from the now dated attempt to make Sterne "one of us", a modern existentialist. The Further Reading section gives readers commentary on some forty-five additional works.

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