Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy

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Volumes 1 and 2 of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman first came out in a very small edition in December 1759. There was no imprint on the title-page, and therefore no indication that the book was published in (provincial) York; nor was the author mentioned, the only text being the title, a motto, and a date; the motto, in Greek type, would have puzzled the many who could not read Greek. It reached (and conquered) the London market the next year, in April 1760; volumes 3 and 4 came out in January 1761, and volumes 5 and 6 in December of the same year; then …

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Citation: de Voogd, Peter. "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 March 2011 [, accessed 25 September 2023.]

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