The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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Modern Library, 2004 - Fiction - 665 pages
8 Reviews
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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Review: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

User Review  - Vit Babenco - Goodreads

So many great discoveries were made absolutely unintentionally. Christopher Columbus was sailing to India and unexpectedly discovered America without any slightest suspicions. Laurence Sterne was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

I wanted to like this, I really did. Sterne is a hugely inventive, hugely capable writer. Maybe he doesn't go in for the batshit linguistic free-for-all that people like James Joyce do, but he is ... Read full review

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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