The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

3.0 2
by Tobias Smollett
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker was the last of the picaresque novels of Tobias Smollett, and is considered by many to be his best and funniest work. Published in London on 17 June 1771, it is an epistolary novel, presented in the form of letters written by six different characters: Matthew Bramble, a Welsh Squire; his sister Tabitha; their niece and nephew, Jery…  See more details below

Overview

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker was the last of the picaresque novels of Tobias Smollett, and is considered by many to be his best and funniest work. Published in London on 17 June 1771, it is an epistolary novel, presented in the form of letters written by six different characters: Matthew Bramble, a Welsh Squire; his sister Tabitha; their niece and nephew, Jery and Lydia Melford; Tabitha's maid Winifred Jenkins; and Lydia's suitor, Wilson.

Much of the comedy arises from differences in the descriptions of the same events by different participants. Attributions of motives and descriptions of behaviour show wild variation and reveal much about the character of the teller. The setting, amidst the high-society spa towns and seaside resorts of the 18th century provides his characters with many opportunities for satirical observations on English life and manners.

The author's own travels in Scotland, France and Italy helped provide inspiration for the plot.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014679763
Publisher:
Philtre Libre
Publication date:
06/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
348 KB

Meet the Author

Tobias George Smollett (19 March 1721 – 17 September 1771) was a Scottish poet and author. He was best known for his picaresque novels, such as The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748) and The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (1751), which influenced later novelists such as Charles Dickens. His novels were amended liberally by printers; a definitive edition of each of his works was edited by Dr. O. M. Brack, jr. to correct variants.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really bad job of scanning. Just impossible to read. I appreciate the effort to get these classics into electronic form, but why put it out without making sure it's readable?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though this was written hundreds of years ago, it's still funny. I found myself laughing out loud numerous times. Great!