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Tobias Smollett by Jeremy Lewis
Book DescriptionTobias Smollett's novels are funny, fast-moving, boisterous and coarse, the fictional equivalent of Hogarth's 'Rake's Progress' or a Rowlandson engraving. Indeed without doubt, Smollett is the most vigorous and entertaining of all the great eighteenth-century novelists. Despite enthusiastic advocacy from George Orwell and V.S. Pritchett, he is also the most neglected. In this new biography, the first for over fifty years, Jeremy Lewis sets out to put the record straight. A Scot who lived for much of his life in Chelsea, a medical man who, like Dr Johnson, became a central figure in London literary life, Smollett was barely fifty when he died, but had lived an enviably busy life. As a ship's surgeon, he took part in the disastrous siege of Cartagena, where the sailors dropped like flies from the fever and had to be fed to the sharks; as a Scotsman, he suffered prejudice of a kind that would later be endured by the Irish and West Indians; he was imprisoned for libel, founded and edited the contemporary equivalent of the TLS, did battle with John Wilkes, wore himself out with hack work, and made his name not just with Roderick Random and Humphry Clinker, but with his magnificently spl
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780712667784
(240mm x 160mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Tobias Smollett, Paperback (September 2009)» View all books by Jeremy Lewis
Tobias Smollett was a prodigious wordsmith. Grub Street was his habitat and hack work his staple. This biography reveals that there was much more to Smollett than that. His own life seems almost as eventful and picaresque as one of his novels. Born in Scotland, apprenticed to a surgeon, he came to London to make his fortune. He failed.
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Author Biography - Jeremy Lewis
Jeremy Lewis worked as a publisher for ten years, and was deputy editor of the London Magazine from 1990 to 1994. He has written two volumes of autobiography, Playing for Time and Kindred Spirits, and a biography of Cyril Connolly.
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