The Life of Laurence Sterne, 2

The Life of Laurence Sterne, 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...placed in state on the Archbishop's throne. There was a sermon--and that sermon was preached by certainly the most famous preacher of the province--the Reverend Mr Sterne. He had taken his leave of preaching for ever, as he fancied; but on such an occasion he could scarcely resist. 'An excellent discourse, ' said the London papers. He was already at his ninth--and what proved to be the last--volume of Tristram; and had laid out that he would write but one that year. His heart was on a new book, on a new plan--' a work of four volumes'--for such was the extent he meditated for his Sentimental Journey. He grew tired of Tristram and his adventures. At the same time, he was writing to his friends his philosophical refrain about happiness being independent of situation, and of each man finding it within himself. But this, it is to be feared, was what he himself would call 'no bad rant: ' for no one leaned so little on himself, or changed his stage so often in search of comfort, as Yorick. He worked very hard all the winter at his book, shut up in his solitary parsonage, varying the monotony by a stray letter, written and received. Sometimes a 'Crazyite, ' one of the Stevenson set, would pass by and look in, and him he would charge with a letter for the Castellan. He considered him 'as a bank-note in a corner drawer of my bureau. I know it is there--(I wish I did!)' The old Stillington Common cropped up again, and harassed him with what he hated--business: and every moment he had before him the prospect of a rough road and wintry journey through French ice and snows down to Marseilles, where his sick wife was lying. She, however, grew better; and they determined with the new year to move from Marseilles to a romantic spot near Avignon, a charming place, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236531310
  • 9781236531315