The Works of Laurence Sterne

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 130 من الصفحات
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: titude and rejoice to the end of our pilgrimage. Adieu, my L. Return to one who languifhes for thy fociety. L. STERNE. LETTER II. TO THE SAMEi ou bid me tell you, my dear L., how I bore your departure for S, and whether the valky where D'Eftella ftands, retains ftill its looks? or, if I think the rofes or jeflamines fmell as fweet, as when you left it- Alas ! every thing has now loft its relifh and look! The hour you left D'Eftella, I took to my bed.?I was worn out with fevers of all kinds, but moft by that fever of the heart with which thou knoweft well I have been wafting thefe two years ?and fhall continue wafting till you quit S . The good Mifs S, from the forebodings of the beft of hearts, thinking I was ill, infifted upon my going to her.?What can be the caufe, my dear L., that I never have been able to fee the face of this mutual friend, but I feel myfelf rent to pieces ? She made me ftay an hour with her, and in that fhort fpace I burft into tears a dozen different times?and in fuch affectionate g ufts of paflion, that fhe was conftrained to leave the room, and fym- pathize in her dreffing-room?I have been weeping for you both, faid fhe, in a tone of the fweeteft pity?for poor L.'s heart, I have long known it?her anguifh is as fharp as yours?her heart as tender?her conftancy as great?her virtues as heroic?Heaven brought you not together to be tormented. I could only anfwer her with a kind look, and a heavy figh?and returned home to your lodgings (which I have hired till your return), to refign myfelf to mifery? Fanny had prepared me a fupper?fhe is all attention to me?but I fat over it with tears; a bitter fauce, my L., but I could eat it with no other?for the Iuq- ment me began to fpread my little table, my heart fainted within me.?One foli- tary p...

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If Fielding showed that the novel (like the traditional epic or drama) could make the chaos of life coherent in art, Sterne only a few years later in The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760--67) laughed away the notion of order. In Sterne's world, people are sealed off in their own minds so that only in unpredictable moments of spontaneous feeling are they aware of another human being. Reviewers attacked the obscenity of Tristram's imagined autobiography as it was published (two volumes each in 1759, early 1761, late 1761, 1765, and one in 1767), particularly when the author revealed himself as a clergyman, but the presses teemed with imitations of this great literary hit of the 1760s. Through the mind of the eccentric hero, Sterne subverted accepted ideas on conception, birth, childhood, education, and the contemplation of maturity and death, so that Tristram's concerns touched his contemporaries and are still important. Since Tristram Shandy is patently a great and lasting comic work that yet seems, as E. M. Forster said, "ruled by the Great God Muddle," much recent criticism has centered on the question of its unity or lack of it; and its manipulation of time and of mental processes has been considered particularly relevant to the problems of fiction in our day. Sterne's Sentimental Journey (1768) has been immensely admired by some critics for its superb tonal balance of irony and sentiment. His Sermons of Mr. Yorick (1760) catches the spirit of its time by dramatically preaching benevolence and sympathy as superior to doctrine. Whether as Tristram or as Yorick, Sterne is probably the most memorably personal voice in eighteenth-century fiction.

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