The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

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William Thackeray called it "the most laughable story that has ever been written since the goodly art of novel-writing began." As a group of travellers visit places in England and Scotland, they provide through satire and wit a vivid and detailed picture of the contemporary social and political scene.
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Smollett, the only major eighteenth-century English novelist whose work can seriously be called picaresque, came to the writing of novels with a strong sense of Scottish national pride (an alienating element in the London of the 1750s and 1760s), a Tory feeling for a lost order, horrifying experiences as a physician, and a fierce determination to make his way in the literary world. Prolific in a variety of literary forms, he was particularly successful as a popular historian, magazine editor, translator of Cervantes (see Vol. 2), and author of novels about adventurous, unscrupulous, poor young men. His work is marked by vigorous journalistic descriptions of contemporary horrors, such as shipboard amputations or the filthy curative waters of Bath; by a flair for racy narrative often built on violence and sentiment, and for comedy that often relies on practical jokes and puns; and by a great gift for creating comic caricatures. His peppery Travels through France and Italy (1766) was something of a spur to Laurence Sterne's Sentimental Journey, in which Smollett is referred to as Dr. Smelfungus, who "set out with the spleen and jaundice, and every object he passed by was discolored or distorted---He wrote an account of them, but 'twas nothing but the account of his miserable feelings." Smollett's most notable novels are Roderick Random (1748), Peregrine Pickle Pickle (1751), Ferdinand Count Fathom (1753), Sir Launcelot Greaves (1762), which set a precedent by first being serialized in his British Magazine (January 1760--December 1761), and especially The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker (1771), a relatively mellow work that follows the travels of Matthew Bramble, an excitable Welshman, from his home through chaotic England to idyllic Loch Lomond and back. Bramble himself finds what Smollett had irrecoverably lost---his health---as well as a son from his youth. Smollett died in 1771, the year of the novel's appearance, in Leghorn, Italy, and is buried in the English cemetery there.

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Simon and Schuster
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Dec 1, 2013
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Pages
442
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9781627939379
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English
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Fiction / Humorous / General
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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
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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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