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Lawrence Sterne (1713-69) was an Anglican clergyman best remembered as the author of the satirical and highly influential novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. After his ordination in 1738, Sterne led the life of a country vicar in Yorkshire, publishing a few satirical works before his masterpiece, which emerged in nine volumes between 1759 and 1767. The first two volumes were an immediate success, bringing him wealth, fame, and a place at the heart of contemporary English literary society. This work, published in the first series of English Men of Letters in 1882 by the journalist (and editor of Carlyle) Henry Duff Traill (1842-1900), provides a clear and informative biography. Drawing on Sterne's detailed letters to his daughter, Traill provides a fascinating account of Sterne's early life and his clerical career together with an analysis of his writing and influence upon English more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139083783
  • 9781139083782

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Prefatory note; 1. Birth, parentage, and early years. 1713-24; 2. School and university - Halifax and Cambridge. 1724-38; 3. Life at Sutton - marriage - the parish priest. 1738-59; 4. Tristram Shandy, Vols. I and II. 1759-60; 5. London triumphs. 1760-2; 6. Life in the south. 1762-5; 7. France and Italy. 1765-8; 8. Last days, and death. 1768; 9. Sterne as a writer; 10. Style and general characteristics - humour, and sentiment; 11. Creative and dramatic power - place in English more