A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy (English Library)

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Laurence Sterne was born into poverty in 18th century Ireland, but managed to study at Cambridge University by working a servitor to other, richer students. His novel/memoir 'A Sentimental Journey' has been variously described as either a classic satire comparable with the works of Cervantes and Rabelais, or a book of utter immorality. Although it purports to be a travelogue, 'A Sentimental Journey' is more concerned with provocative and racy humour, based upon a painstaking examination of the author's own inner dialogue and emotions. Sterne was man out of time - despite a lapse of over two hundred years, his work is remarkably in tune with the worries and preoccupations of present-day readers.

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Laurence Sterne's revolutionary novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760-1767) plays with time, space, narrative conceits, and the very concept of the novel itself--it has dramatically affected the course of English-language fiction in the centuries since, with works from writers such as James Joyce and Thomas Pynchon showing his influence. A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy (1768) is the thematic sequel, a tale of a minor character from Shandy that is its own frolic of experimental fiction. Though less well known than its celebrated predecessor, this is an equally startling and frantically imaginative work from a writer some consider a comic genius.

This edition also features the collection The Journal to Eliza, Sterne's impishly coy diary of a separation from his mistress, as well as numerous letters Sterne wrote to a variety of correspondents, including his wife.

About the Author:

Irish-born Laurence Sterne graduated from Cambridge in 1737 and took holy orders, becoming a prebend in York Cathedral. His masterpiece, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy made him a celebrity but ill-health necessitated recuperative travel and A Sentimental Journey grew out of seven-month trip through France and Italy. He died the year it was published, 1768.

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