A Sentimental Journey
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Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne
Book DescriptionA furiously witty response to Tobias Smollett's curmudgeonly "Travels through France and Italy", Laurence Sterne's "A Sentimental Journey" through France and Italy became a hugely influential work of travel writing in its own right. This "Penguin Classics" edition includes an introduction and notes by Paul Goring. When Yorick, the roving narrator of Sterne's innovative final novel, sets off for France on a whim, he produces no ordinary travelogue. Jolting along in his coach from Calais, through Paris, and on towards the Italian border, the amiable parson is blithely unconcerned by famous views or monuments, but he engages us with tales of his encounters with all manner of people, from counts and noblewomen to beggars and chambermaids. And as drama piles upon drama, anecdote, flirtation and digression, Yorick's destination takes second place to an exhilarating voyage of emotional and erotic exploration. Interweaving sharp wit with warm humour and irony with genuine feeling, "A Sentimental Journey" paints a captivating picture of an Englishman's adventures abroad. In his introduction, Paul Goring discusses Sterne's literary career and his semi-autobiographical depiction of Yorick, and sets the novel within the context of eighteenth-century travel writing and the vogue of sentimental fiction. This edition also includes a chronology, updated further reading and notes. Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) graduated from Cambridge in 1737 and took holy orders, becoming a prebend in York Cathedral. His masterpiece, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" made him a celebrity but ill-health necessitated recuperative travel and "A Sentimental Journey" grew out of a seven-month trip through France and Italy. He died the year it was published, 1768. If you enjoyed "A Sentimental Journey", you might like Sterne's "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman", also available in "Penguin Classics".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140437799
(199mm x 132mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Laurence Sterne
Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Paperback (May 2015)
Introduces us to a group of memorable characters, variously eccentric, farcical and endearing. This book involves the reader in the labyrinthine creation of a purported autobiography. It anticipates modernism and postmodernism.
Tristram Shandy, Paperback (October 2012)
Offers a narrative that 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.
Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, Paperback (November 2010)
A novel of sentiment, that masquerades as the fragmentary travel journal of Parson Yorick, a whimsical and amorous Englishman abroad. Accompanied through Paris and the provinces by his loyal French valet, Yorick enjoys a variety of sentimental and often comic encounters with a lively range of French characters.
Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, and a Political Romance (Dodo Press), Paperback / softback (December 2008)» View all books by Laurence Sterne
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Author Biography - Laurence Sterne
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 a seven-month trip through France and Italy. He died the year it was published, 1768. Paul Goring teaches English at Trondheim University in Norway and has completed a doctorate on Sterne's novels.
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