The History of Tom Jones

The History of Tom Jones
Author: Henry Fielding
Publisher:
Total Pages: 458
Release: 1836
Genre: England
ISBN:


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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Author: Laurence Sterne
Publisher:
Total Pages: 568
Release: 1965
Genre: Coming of age
ISBN:


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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.

Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey

Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey
Author: Laurence Sterne
Publisher: Modern Library
Total Pages: 752
Release: 1999-02-10
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0679641963


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Tristram Shandy provoked a literary sensation when it first appeared in a series of installments between 1759 and 1767. The ribald, high-spirited book prompted Diderot to hail Sterne as 'the English Rabelais.' An ingeniously structured novel (about writing a novel) that fascinates like a verbal game of chess, Tristram Shandy is both a joyful celebration of the infinite possibilities of the art of fiction and a wry demonstration of its limitations. Many view this picaresque masterpiece as the precursor of the modern novel. A Sentimental Journey, which came out in 1768, begins as a travelogue. Yet it ends as a treasury of portraits, sketches, and philosophical musings, for as Virginia Woolf observed: 'A Sentimental Journey, for all its levity and wit, is based upon something fundamentally philosophic--the philosophy of pleasure.'

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Author: Laurence Sterne
Publisher: Lindhardt og Ringhof
Total Pages: 640
Release: 2022-04-18
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 8728188454


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Given the wrong name at baptism and accidentally circumcised by a sash window at age five - Tristram Shandy had a difficult start to life. His luck never changed - but the hero of Laurence Sterne's great comic novel battled on against "this scurvy and disastrous world of ours". He is joined by the likes of Uncle Toby, Corporal Trim, Parson Yorick, Dr Slop and the Widow Wadman as he faces misfortune head-on, with a sardonic smile. The book, an "autobiography", was originally published in nine volumes over eight years. It sees Shandy getting into scrapes, while launching into stream-of-consciousness tirades about subjects including sexual practices, insults, the human nose, siege warfare and obstetrics. This hilarious and heart-warming book is perfect for fans of Charles Dickens and Jonathan Swift. In 2006, the book was adapted into the movie 'A Cock and Bull Story', starring Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Keeley Hawes. Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and Anglican cleric who also dabbled in local politics. After becoming a vicar, he published his ecclesiastical satire 'A Political Romance', which infuriated Church leaders and was burnt. He then published successive volumes of his classic comic novel 'The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman'. He travelled to France to relieve tuberculosis and wrote 'A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy' shortly before his death.

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (100 Copy Limited Edition)

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (100 Copy Limited Edition)
Author: Laurence Sterne
Publisher: SF Classic
Total Pages: 472
Release: 2019-10-17
Genre:
ISBN: 9781772267884


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As Tristram Shandy narrates his life story, he is unable to explain anything simply. Throughout his memoir, Tristram as narrator finds himself discoursing at length on sexual practices, insults, the influence of one's name, and noses, siege warfare, and philosophy as he struggles to marshal his material and finish the story of his life.

The Classic Horror Stories

The Classic Horror Stories
Author: H. P. Lovecraft
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2013-05-09
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0191640891


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'Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men. A time will come - but I must not and cannot think!' H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a reclusive scribbler of horror stories for the American pulp magazines that specialized in Gothic and science fiction in the interwar years. He often published in Weird Tales and has since become the key figure in the slippery genre of 'weird fiction'. Lovecraft developed an extraordinary vision of feeble men driven to the edge of sanity by glimpses of malign beings that have survived from human prehistory or by malevolent extra-terrestrial visitations. The ornate language of his stories builds towards grotesque moments of revelation, quite unlike any other writer. This new selection brings together nine of his classic tales, focusing on the 'Cthulhu Mythos', a cycle of stories that develops the mythology of the Old Ones, the monstrous creatures who predate human life on earth. It includes the Introduction from Lovecraft's critical essay, 'Supernatural Horror in Literature', in which he gave his own important definition of 'weird fiction'. In a fascinating contextual introduction, Roger Luckhurst gives Lovecraft the attention he deserves as a writer who used pulp fiction to explore a remarkable philosophy that shockingly dethrones the mastery of man.