A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy
Laurence Sterne (Author)
December 05, 2022
6.14 X 9.21 X 0.44 inches | 0.66 pounds
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About the Author
Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) was an Irish-born English writer and clergyman known for his novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman." He was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, and had a nomadic childhood due to his father's military assignments. Sterne studied at Cambridge University and became a clergyman. Sterne's literary career began with sermons and essays, but his most famous work, "Tristram Shandy," brought him recognition. The novel, published in multiple volumes, employed innovative narrative techniques, digressions, and satire to explore human nature and the limitations of language. Sterne's witty and unconventional style influenced future writers. Aside from "Tristram Shandy," Sterne wrote "A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy" and engaged in political journalism. He faced financial struggles throughout his life, but his novels brought him fame and acclaim in London and across Europe. Sterne's personal life was marked by illness, including tuberculosis, and he traveled to France seeking a cure. He developed an infatuation with Eliza Draper, but their relationship remained platonic due to her departure for India. Sterne died in 1768 at the age of 54. Laurence Sterne's works and unique narrative style continue to be celebrated as significant contributions to English literature. His novels remain influential, and his ability to blend humor, sentimentality, and philosophical musings has made him a prominent figure in the development of the novel as an art form.