The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves (Penguin Classics)

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Driven into a "love melancholy" by the apparent loss of fair Aurelia Darnel, Smollett's noble knight embarks on a series of philanthropic adventures in which, Hamlet-like, his mask of lunacy acts to point up the madness of English society, corrupted by cynicism and greed.

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Robert Folkenflik is a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. He served as general editor of the series Irvine Studies in the Humanities. His books include "Samuel Johnson, Biographer and The English Hero, 1660-1800." Barbara Laning Fitzpatrick is a professor of English at the University of New Orleans. She has published articles in the "Library," "Analytical and Enumerative Bibliography," "Eighteenth-Century Fiction," and "Studies in Newspaper and Periodical History."

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Folkenflik's intoduction does a skillful job of setting the novel in its formal, biographical and historical contexts, and his judicious notes are a mine of information on the issues and antagonisms that animate the text.

(Thomas Keymer Times Literary Supplement)

The republication of these marginal works in definitive editions, and the convincing reintegration of the translations into Smollet's corpus, will enable Smollett scholars to reassess their significance. And for that reason alone the texts are valuable. But the editions are also relevant to a broader number of current critical conversations not least because of their superb apparatus. . . .The importance of [this] edition to Smollett studies cannot be overstated.

(Sharon Alkner Eighteenth Century Scotland)

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