Laurence Sterne's great masterpiece of bawdy humour and rich satire defies any attempt to categorise it. Part novel, part digression, its gloriously disordered narrative interweaves the birth and life of the unfortunate 'hero' Tristram Shandy, the eccentric philosophy of his father Walter, the amours and military obsessions of Uncle Toby and a host of other characters, including Dr Slop, Corporal Trim and the parson Yorick. A joyful celebration of the endless possibilities of the art of fiction, Tristram Shandy is also a wry demonstration of its limitations.
The text and notes of this volume are based on the acclaimed Florida Edition, with a critical introduction by Melvyn New and Christopher Rick's introductory essay from the first Penguin Classics edition of the novel.
About the Author
Laurence Sterne (1713-68) was a clergyman. The Life of Tristram Shandy made him a celebrity and he was lavishly feted when he visited London. During the latter years of his life he alternated between there and recuperative continental travels.
|Introductory Essay||p. xi|
|Editor's Introduction||p. xxxiii|
|Further Reading||p. li|
|A Note on the Text||p. liv|
|The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman||p. 1|
|Glossary of Terms of Fortification||p. 589|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 784
Published: 27th March 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1