The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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Modern Library, 2004 - Fiction - 665 pages
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Introduction and Notes by Robert Folkenflik

Rich in playful double entendres, digressions, formal oddities, and typographical experiments, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman provoked a literary sensation when it first appeared in England in a series of volumes from 1759 to 1767. An ingeniously structured novel (about writing a novel) that fascinates like a verbal game of chess, Tristram Shandy is the most protean and playful English novel of the eighteenth century and a celebration of the art of fiction; its inventiveness anticipates the work of Joyce, Rushdie, and Fuentes in our own century. This Modern Library Paperback is set from the nine-volume first edition from 1759.

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User Review  - questbird - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this romp, a graphic-novel take on a book which I haven't read (but might be more inclined to do now). Graphic style was very amusing, referencing various artists' work. I would read more by this author. Read full review

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User Review  - ragwaine - LibraryThing

Glad I read this instead of the full novel. It gives you the idea without wasting your time reading 500 pages. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Robert Folkenflik is a professor of English at the University of California at Irvine. His books include Samuel Johnson, Biographer; The Culture of Autobiography: Constructions of Self-Representation; and The English Hero: 1660—1800. He lives in California.

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