The Adventures of Roderick Random

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University of Georgia Press, 2012 - Fiction - 620 pages
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This is the definitive scholarly edition of Tobias Smollett's first novel, widely regarded as one of his two masterpieces, the other being The Expedition of Humphry Clinker. Roderick Random was also, in its time, the chief rival to Henry Fielding's comic novel Tom Jones.

Surging with verbal, sexual, and martial energy, The Adventures of Roderick Random opens a window on life, love, and war in the eighteenth century. The hero battles his way from poverty and neglect to make his mark as a doctor, writer, fighter, and lover. His adventures take us across the world, from England and France to the Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America. One of the first truly global novels, it casts light on nearly every aspect of its time—imperialism, gender relations, slavery, urban life, colonial warfare, commerce, politics, the professions, high society, and the Hogarthian underworld.

Complete with illustrations and comprehensive annotations, this is the first edition to include Smollett's long-forgotten antiwar pamphlet, An Account of the Expedition against Carthagene in the West Indies, which was drawn from his own war experience and on which key sections of the novel are based. The editors also provide a detailed biographical and historical introduction, based on the most recent scholarship, mapping the novel's enormous impact in its own time and its influence on the history of litera­ture over the centuries since.

 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
xi
Preface
xv
Acknowledgments
xix
List of Abbreviations
xxi
Introduction
xxiii
The Adventures of Roderick Random
1
An Account of the Expedition against Carthagene
369
Notes to the Text
389
Textual Commentary
507
List of Emendations
519
WordDivision
523
Historical Collation
525
Bibliographical Descriptions
599
Index
607
Copyright

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James G. Basker is the Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History at Barnard College. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Tobias Smollett: Critic and Journalist and Amazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems about Slavery, 1660–1810. The late Paul-Gabriel Boucé, professor at the University of Paris, wrote and edited many books, including Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Nicole A. Seary is a researcher at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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