The Adventures of Roderick Random

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Roderick Random (1748), Smollett's first novel, is full of the dazzling vitality characteristics of all his work, as well as of his own life. Roderick is the boisterous and unprincipled hero who answers life's many misfortunes with a sledgehammer. Left penniless, he leaves his native Scotland for London and on the way meets Strap, and old schoolfellow. Together they undergo many adventures at the hands of scoundrels and rogues. Roderick qualifies as a surgeon's mate and is pressed as a common soldier on bord the man-of-war Thunder. In a tale of romance as well as adventure, Roderick also finds time to fall in love... Smollett drew on his own experiences as a surgeon's mate in the navy for the memorable scenes on board ship, and the novel combines documentary realism with great humour and panache. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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OUP Oxford
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Sep 11, 2008
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528
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ISBN
9780191504396
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Historical
Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Literary Criticism / General
Literary Criticism / Renaissance
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Revered by Dickens and Sir Walter Scott, Tobias Smollett is a writer seldom read nowadays, although he is responsible for some of the greatest literary works of the Eighteenth-Century. This comprehensive eBook offers Smollett's complete fictional works, with rare texts, beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (12MB Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Smollett's life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other works
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* The complete novels, including rare works like The History and Adventures of an Atom, first time in digital print
* All of the major novels are fully illustrated with their original artwork
* Includes Smollett's poetry, plays and translations
* Features two biographies, including Sir Walter Scott’s seminal biographical study - explore Smollett's literary life!
* Almost the complete non-fiction works
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

Contents:
The Novels
The Adventures of Roderick Random
The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle
The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom
The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves
The History and Adventures of an Atom
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

The Translations
Gil Blas
Candide

The Plays
The Regicide
The Reprisal

The Poetry
Advice
Reproof
Minor Poems

The Non-Fiction
Continuation of a Complete History of England: Volume Ii
Travels Through France and Italy
Narrative of the Base and Inhuman Arts That Were Lately Practised Upon the Brain of Habbakkuk Hilding
The Expedition Against Carthagena
Smollett’s Dying Prediction

The Biography
The Life of Tobias Smollett By George Gillfillan
This picaresque tale, first published in 1751, was Tobias Smollett’s second novel. Following the fortunes and misfortunes of the egotistical dandy Peregrine Pickle, the novel is written as a series of brief adventures with every chapter typically describing a new escapade. The novel begins with Peregrine as a young country gentleman. His mother rejects him, as do his aloof father and his dissolute, spiteful brother. Commodore Hawser Trunnion takes Peregrine under his care and raises him. Peregrine’s upbringing, education at Oxford, and journey to France, his debauchery, bankruptcy, jailing, and succession to his father’s fortune, and his final repentance and marriage to his beloved Emilia all provide scope for Smollett’s comic and caustic perspective on the Europe of his times. As John P. Zomchick and George S. Rousseau note in the introduction, “by contrasting the genteel and the common, the sophisticated and the primal, Smollett conveys forcefully the way it felt to be alive in the middle of the eighteenth century.”

The introduction provides an overview of the composition and publication history of Peregrine Pickle and discusses the novel’s critical reception over time by such figures as Lady Luxborough, Sir Walter Scott, Joseph Conrad, and George Orwell. The text of the novel uses the first edition of 1751 as copy-text while recording the second edition’s substantive variants. Included are illustrations by Thomas Rowlandson, Richard Corbould, and George Cruikshank, as well as frontispieces designed by, and engraved in the style of, Henry Fuseli. A complete textual apparatus concludes the volume.
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