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- DescriptionThis is the first reprinting since the eighteenth century--and the first scholarly edition--of Tobias Smollett's translation of The Devil upon Crutches. First published in France in 1707 as Le Diable boiteux, Alain Rene Le Sage's vel relates the picaresque wanderings of Asmodeus, a refined, likable but decrepit devil, and Zambullo, his newfound mortal companion.After Zambullo releases Asmodeus from a bottle, the two embark on a flight above the rooftops of Madrid. Peeking into houses, prisons, palaces, and even tombs, Zambullo witnesses one incident of treachery and self-delusion after ather. Smollett's superior wit and sense of irony suited him well as translator for this vel, with its juxtaposition of realism with romance, satire with sentiment, and sexual intrigue with moral admonition.This authoritative textual edition is based on the 1759 second edition of Smollett's translation. The extensive introduction covers such topics as the original French edition; the composition, printing, and reception of Smollett's The Devil upon Crutches; and Smollett's career as a translator. Also included are a complete textual apparatus and a guide to the w-exotic pharmaceuticals and remedies one encounters in the vel.
- Author BiographyO. M. Brack Jr., is a professor of English at Arizona State University. Leslie A. Chilton is the coordinator of the writing center at Arizona State University.
- Author(s)Alain Rene Le Sage
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication30/01/2014
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleThe Works of Tobias Smollett Series
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Note15 b&w illus.
- Weight463 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byLeslie A. Chilton,O. M. Brack
- Translated byTobias Smollett
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