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- DescriptionThis picaresque tale, first published in 1751, was Tobias Smollett's second vel. Following the fortunes and misfortunes of the egotistical dandy Peregrine Pickle, the vel is written as a series of brief adventures with every chapter typically describing a new escapade. The vel 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 te 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 vel's critical reception over time by such figures as Lady Luxborough, Sir Walter Scott, Joseph Conrad and George Orwell. The text of the vel 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.
- Author BiographyJohn P. Zomchick is vice provost for faculty affairs and a professor of English at the University of Tennessee. He is the author of Family and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Fiction: The Public Conscience in the Private Sphere. George S. Rousseau is codirector of the Centre for the History of Childhood, as well as a member of the Faculty of Modern History at Oxford University. His books include The Notorious Sir John Hill: The Man Destroyed byAmbition in the Era of Celebrity.
- Author(s)Tobias Smollett
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication30/12/2013
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleThe Works of Tobias Smollett Series
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Note34 black & white illustrations
- Weight1474 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine69 mm
- Edited byJohn P. Zomchick,Professor George S. Rousseau
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