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The comic masterpiece "Tristram Shandy" is generally regarded as the progenitor of the 20th-century novel, consisting of a plot frequently and flagrantly interrupted by digressions. This study edition contains both the text and a commentary upon it.
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Introduction and Notes by Robert Folkenflik
Rich in playful double entendres, digressions, formal oddities, and typographical experiments, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman provoked a literary sensation when it first appeared in England in a series of volumes from 1759 to 1767. An ingeniously structured novel (about writing a novel) that fascinates like a verbal game of chess, "Tristram Shandy is the most protean and playful English novel of the eighteenth century and a celebration of the art of fiction; its inventiveness anticipates the work of Joyce, Rushdie, and Fuentes in our own century. This Modern Library Paperback is set from the nine-volume first edition from 1759.From the Back Cover:
The comic masterpiece Tristram Shandy is often regarded as a progenitor of the twentieth century novel. Within the resolutely tangled strands of this narrative is the life, from conception, of a gentleman cursed at birth with the name Tristram. Though everything occurs between parlor and garden, Tristram's excitable father, bewildered mother, and Uncle Toby provide ample opportunity for the digressions and madcap events that structure this seminal novel.
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Book Description Orion Publishing Group, Ltd., 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0460877631
Book Description Orion Publishing Group, Ltd., 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0460877631
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0460877631