Travels through France and Italy [NOOK Book]

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In 1763 Tobias Smollett set sail from Folkestone to Boulogne. He would not return to England for two years, during which time he travelled extensively - and in a notoriously ill-tempered fashion - through much of France and Italy. Smollett, seemed 'determined to be pleased with nothing' and was 'sardonic, satirical and decidedly gloomy'. In Paris, everything had 'shrunk' and was twice as expensive as his last visit. Versailles was a 'dismal habitation'. In Rome, he felt that Michelangelo's Last Judgement ...
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In 1763 Tobias Smollett set sail from Folkestone to Boulogne. He would not return to England for two years, during which time he travelled extensively - and in a notoriously ill-tempered fashion - through much of France and Italy. Smollett, seemed 'determined to be pleased with nothing' and was 'sardonic, satirical and decidedly gloomy'. In Paris, everything had 'shrunk' and was twice as expensive as his last visit. Versailles was a 'dismal habitation'. In Rome, he felt that Michelangelo's Last Judgement resembled a mob; his inn in San Remo was more miserable than the worst ale-house in England and in Lerici he was sure he would be poisoned. And yet, there were places where even Smollett could not fail to be captivated. The Maison Carrée in Nimes was 'ravishingly beautiful', Nice was enchanting and the port of Genoa 'dazzling'. His obvious pleasure in the landscapes through which he passed, his keen eye for colourful, telling details and the fact that his letters appear virtually as they were written beautifully illuminate both Smollett's character and the places he visited. Funny, honest and full of subtle magic, Travels through France and Italy is a rare and revealing portrait of 18th century Europe at a time when Marie Antoinette had just become queen of all France, the Grand Tour was in its infancy and Cannes was a quiet fishing village._x000D_

Edited by Frank Felsenstein (The World's Classics).

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Editorial Reviews

Al Coppola John Jay College
"Acrimonious and Ill-humored, acutely observed and shrewdly expressed, behold the notorious Travels of Tobias Smollett. A less sentimental traveler the world has hardly seen, whose life and opinions during an eighteen-month ramble through France and Italy stand confessed on the page in all the majesty of his spleen and intellect. The Travels are here rescued from the long shade cast upon them by Laurence Sterne, who sarcastically dismissed them as the philistine grousing of 'Smelfungus.' Editor Frank Felsenstein, who produced this classroom-ready volume for Broadview based on his definitive Oxford edition, has done a masterful job of relocating Smollett's work in its contemporary contexts and critical tradition. With judicious notes, and a truly learned set of appendices that abridge two and a half centuries of reviews and responses, Felsenstein has brought into sharp focus the polarizing writer whose unstinting account of a less-than-grand tour is here made relevant and relatable to contemporary students of eighteenth-century life."
Robert Folkenflik
"Frank Felsenstein has updated and enriched for the twenty-first century his excellent Oxford edition of Tobias Smollett's irascibly entertaining Travels. Although Laurence Sterne, another great novelist and satirist, portrayed Smollett as the bad-tempered Smelfungus in his Sentimental Journey, published two years later, these non-fictional letters have some of the joys of Smollett's fictional creation, the splenetic Matt Bramble, in his greatest novel, Humphry Clinker. The fresh material on offer here includes eighteenth- and nineteenth-century reader reception, select relevant passages from Smollett's correspondence, art criticism of the time, information about the grand tour, and even the advertisement of a bookseller who sold Smollett's volume to tourists on their way to France. Felsenstein's Introduction and annotation are written with a high order of intelligence, clarity, and knowledge. This will be a welcome edition for students and the general reader."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857731593
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Publication date: 6/30/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,098,212
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Frank Felsenstein is Reed D. Voran Honors Distinguished Professor in Humanities and Professor of English at Ball State University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Tobias Smollett: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Travels through France and Italy
Appendix A: Selections from Smollett’s Correspondence
1. To Richard Smith, Esq. (8 May 1763)
2. To Dr. William Hunter (14 June 1763)
3. To Dr. William Hunter (11 July 1763)
4. To Francis Seymour Conway (11 July 1763)
5. List of books prepared by Smollett and sent with the letter to Lord Hertford
6. To Alexander Reid (3 August 1763)
7. To Dr. William Hunter (11 August 1763)
8. To Dr. William Hunter (6 February 1764)
9. To John Moore (15 July 1765)
10. To John Moore (13 November 1765)
Appendix B: Contemporary Reviews
1. From the St James's Chronicle (8 May 1766)
2. From The Critical Review (May 1766)
3. From The Monthly Review (June 1766)
4. From The Royal Magazine (May 1766)
5. From The London Magazine (May 1766)
6. From the Journal Encyclopédique (August/September 1766)
7. From the Gazette Littéraire de L’Europe (15 February 1766)
8. From the Bibliothèque des Sciences et des Beaux Arts (1766)
Appendix C: The Malevolent Philip Thicknesse
1. From Philip Thicknesse, Observations on the Customs and Manners of the French Nation (1766)
2. From the Notice of Thicknesse's Observations on the Customs and Manners of the French Nation, The Critical Review (December 1766)
3. From Philip Thicknesse, Useful Hints to Those Who Make the Tour of France (1768)
4. From Philip Thicknesse, A Year's Journey through France, and Part of Spain (1777)
Appendix D: Laurence Sterne and "the learned Smelfungus"
1. From [Laurence Sterne], A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy (1768)
2. From Letters of Laurence Sterne
Appendix E: From Samuel Sharp, Letters from Italy (1766)
1. Cicisbei
2. Italian Inns
3. The Arts of Rome
4. Italian Gardens
5. The English on the Grand Tour
Appendix F: Late-Eighteenth-Century Responses to Smollett
1. From Thomas McMahon, The Candor and Good-Nature of Englishmen Exemplified (1777)
2. From Alexander Jardine, Letters from Barbary, France, Spain, Portugal, &c. (1788)
3. From Francis Garden, Travelling Memorandums (1791)
4. From Sir James Edward Smith, A Sketch of a Tour on the Continent (1793)
Appendix G: Nineteenth-Century Responses to Smollett
1. From The Port-Folio (November 1811)
2. From Leigh Hunt, Correspondence (1862)
3. From Sir Walter Scott, "Prefatory Memoir to Smollett" (September 1824)
4. From W.J. Prowse, "Smollett at Nice" (April 1870)
5. From Thomas Seccombe, "Smelfungus Goes South" (August 1901)
Appendix H: Contexts
1. Extract of a letter from Paris, Public Advertiser (1 November 1763)
2. From Dodsley's Annual Register (1762)
3. Letter from George Bassmore to The London Magazine (September 1766)
4. Extract of a letter from a "Plain Englishman," The Gentleman's Magazine (1787)
Appendix I: The Venus de Medicis in Context
Appendix J: A Bookseller in Sittingbourn
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