With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.
Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is a huge literary paradox, for it is both a novel and an anti-novel.
As a comic novel replete with bawdy humour and generous sentiments, it introduces us to a vivid group of memorable characters, variously eccentric, farcical and endearing.
As an anti-novel, it is a deliberately tantalising and exuberantly egoistic work, ostentatiously digressive, involving the reader in the labyrinthine creation of a purported autobiography.
This mercurial eighteenth-century text thus anticipates modernism and postmodernism.
Vibrant and bizarre, Tristram Shandy provides an unforgettable experience.
We may see why Nietzsche termed Sterne 'the most liberated spirit of all time'.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Publication Date: 23/10/1995
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781853262913