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OWC NewsJanuary 7, 2017
250 years since the final volume of Tristram Shandy published
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentlemen, is an extraordinary comic novel by Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) published in nine volumes: The installment of the first two volumes was published in 1759 by Ann Ward; vols. 3 and 4 in 1761 by Dodsley; vols. 7 and 8 in 1765 and the last volume 9 in January 1767 by Becket & De Hondt.
Tristram Shandy is a relatively early novel famed for its inventive narrative gambits and bawdy wit, and features pages printed entirely black, marbled pages and probably the most famous blank pages in English literature. The extravagantly inventive masterpiece caused a sensation when it was first published and has been inspiring and provoking adventurous writers from Dickens to Joyce to Salman Rushdie and Thomas Pynchon. 250 years after the book's publication, Tristram Shandy remains one of the most influential and widely admired books of the eighteenth century.
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