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A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy

A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy

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by Laurence Sterne
     
 

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Published in 1768, just several weeks before Sterne's death, A Sentimental Journey is a slightly fictionalized rendering of Sterne's own travels. It is narrated by Parson Yorick, who previously appeared in Sterne's most famous work, Tristam Shandy. More of a novel than a travelogue, Mr. Yorick;s report of his wanderings satirizes traditional travel books of the day

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Published in 1768, just several weeks before Sterne's death, A Sentimental Journey is a slightly fictionalized rendering of Sterne's own travels. It is narrated by Parson Yorick, who previously appeared in Sterne's most famous work, Tristam Shandy. More of a novel than a travelogue, Mr. Yorick;s report of his wanderings satirizes traditional travel books of the day and concentrates, via incident and anecdote, on the people he meets along the way rather than the landscapes and monuments that he sees. Full of comic mishaps, risqué jokes and playful surprises, this sentimental account was very popular in its day and influenced several future novelists, including American Elizabeth Robin Pennell who, in the 1880's, with her husband, artist Joseph Pennell, undertook the same route via tandem bicycle resulting in the novel Our Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy (1888).

Editorial Reviews

Marcus Walsh University of Liverpool
"This learned and hugely useable new Sentimental Journey provides a wealth of editorial materials that will add to the enjoyment and understanding of readers of all kinds. The approachable introduction is wisely informative not only on A Sentimental Journey but also on Sterne himself, the rise of the novel, travel literature, sensibility, genre, gender, and the work's influence and afterlife. The explanatory footnotes are thorough and discreetly scholarly. The text is accompanied by an outstandingly rich and pertinent selection of contextualising contemporary documentation. Turner's edition of A Sentimental Journey will make Sterne's second novel many new friends."
James G. Basker Barnard College
"Katherine Turner's comprehensive and superbly written introduction, together with the rich contextual materials, make this the most useful edition of Sterne's Sentimental Journey in print today. Highly recommended for specialists, students, and general readers--anyone who might enjoy Sterne's irreverent brilliance."
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“This learned and hugely useable new Sentimental Journey provides a wealth of editorial materials that will add to the enjoyment and understanding of readers of all kinds. The approachable introduction is wisely informative not only on A Sentimental Journey but also on Sterne himself, the rise of the novel, travel literature, sensibility, genre, gender, and the work’s influence and afterlife. The explanatory footnotes are thorough and discreetly scholarly. The text is accompanied by an outstandingly rich and pertinent selection of contextualising contemporary documentation. Turner’s edition of A Sentimental Journey will make Sterne’s second novel many new friends.” — Marcus Walsh, University of Liverpool

“Katherine Turner’s comprehensive and superbly written introduction, together with the rich contextual materials, make this the most useful edition of Sterne’s Sentimental Journey in print today. Highly recommended for specialists, students, and general readers—anyone who might enjoy Sterne’s irreverent brilliance.” — James G. Basker, Barnard College, Columbia University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781533109927
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/04/2016
Pages:
162

Meet the Author

Katherine Turner is Associate Professor of English at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia.

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