The Adventures of Roderick Random

The Adventures of Roderick Random

by Tobias Smollett
     
 

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Roderick Random was published in 1748 to immediate acclaim, and established Smollett among the most popular of eighteenth-century novelists. Narrated by an unheroic, apparently rudderless hero named Random, Smollett's wildly energetic and entertaining novel is held together not least by the narrator's outrage and dismay. Although Roderick Random was first published…  See more details below

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Roderick Random was published in 1748 to immediate acclaim, and established Smollett among the most popular of eighteenth-century novelists. Narrated by an unheroic, apparently rudderless hero named Random, Smollett's wildly energetic and entertaining novel is held together not least by the narrator's outrage and dismay. Although Roderick Random was first published anonymously, the secret of Smollett's authorship was soon discovered, with the result that many readers thought they recognized similarities between the life of the hero and that of his creator. Certainly Roderick Random's early years - disinherited and without wealth and influence - and his university career, apprenticeship and service as a naval surgeon, vividly reflect the experiences of the author. How Random learns to survive the fickle hand of fortune, recovers his long-lost father, marries his beloved Narcissa, and dispatches his enemies is the stuff, not of autobiography but of a novel which profoundly satirizes the moral chaos of its times. Dickens and Thackeray, among other great Victorians, applauded Smollett for his wit and invention, and in Roderick Random we enjoy the novel of a pioneer opening up the frontiers of fiction.

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From the Publisher

"This is a wonderful and important novel and its present editor who provides us with a very fine introduction is one of the great authorities on the period and author."--Gerald J. Butler, San Diego State Univ.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140433326
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.17(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Tobias Smollett (1721-1771) was a Scottish author, best known for his picaresque novels.

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