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- DescriptionThe Expedition of Humphry Clinker , Tobias Smollett's last published vel and most celebrated work, appeared in June 1771, three months before the author's death. A classic in the history of the English vel, it takes the form of a collection of letters written by various members of Mr.Matthew Bramble's family, (for whom Humphry Clinker is a general servant) during their eight months travel in England and Scotland in the 1760s. The wanderings of the Bramble party result in a series of amusing adventures and episodes, unfolding within the main plot in which the eccentric and contentious characters - originals as Bramble's nephew calls them - discover the sources of true happiness. In this work, Smollett realised two long-standing artistic goals - a harmonious fusion of satire and comedy and, through the deliberate intertwining of historical and contrived details, a portrayal of the world as constructed from both fiction and fact. In achieving the latter, Smollett was aided by the vel's form, for the epistolary style of travel books in his day set a precedent for the extensive commentary on incidents, experiences, people, and place in Humphry Clinker and allowed him to relate stories through multiple points of view. This edition of Humphry Clinker includes illustrations by George Cruikshank and Thomas Rowlandson and is the first scholarly edition to feature a comprehensive introduction, exhaustive textual editing, and detailed tes that cite passages from Smollett's nfictional works and the works of his contemporaries to analyse the mass of allusions and references in the vel.
- Author BiographyNovelist, playwright, journalist, historian, travel writer, critic, translator, editor, and compiler, Tobias Smollett (1721-1771) was an eighteenth-century man of letters in the fullest sense of the phrase. Though his writings have been variously gathered together over the last two centuries, no definitive scholarly edition of Smollett's works has ever been published. The Georgia edition, though not a complete collection, includes all of those writings by which Smollett was best known in his own time and by which he is best remembered in ours. Jerry C. Beasley, General Editor, is a professor of English at the University of Delaware. He is the editor of The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, the first volume to be published in the Georgia edition of The Works of Tobias Smollett. O.M. Brack, Jr., Textual Editor, is a professor of English at Arizona State University. He is the editor of the forthcoming first volume of The Shorter Prose Writings of Samuel Johnson. Jim Springer Borck, Technical Editor, is a professor of English at Louisiana State University. He is general editor of the annual Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography.
- Author(s)Tobias Smollett
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication31/05/1993
- LanguageEnglish & English
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleWorks of Tobias Smollett S.
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Note18 illustrations
- Weight816 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine35 mm
- Illustrator(s)George Cruikshank,Thomas Rowlandson
- Volume editorThomas R. Preston
- Edition StatementNew edition
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