The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

ISBN : 9780199538980

Tobias Smollett; Lewis M. Knapp; Paul-Gabriel Bouce
400 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Feb 2009
Oxford World's Classics


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'the most laughable story that has ever been written since the goodly art of novel-writing began'
William Thackeray

First published in 1771, and often regarded as Smollett's finest book,The Expedition of Humphry Clinker relates, in an ingenious series of overlapping letters, the adventures of Mr. Matthew Bramble's family party ass they travel through England nad Scotland. The group includes a gouty country squire, a husband-hunter, an Oxford student, and an illiterate but racy lady's maid. They recount their travelling adventures. They gossip. They tell stories of Humphry Clinker, a servant picked up en route, and they record their individuall rections to the tour.  Engrossing and entertaining, the novel provides a satirical and witty picture of the contemporary social and political scene.

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A Chronology of Tobias Goerge Smollett

Volume I
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Volume III

About the author: 

Tobias Smollett
Edited with an introduction by Lewis M. Knapp and Paul-Gabriel Boucé

Lewis M. Knapp was Professor Emeritus of English at Colorado College, and author of the standard biography of Smollett.
Professor Paul-Gabriel Boucé, a Norman and a former reserve officer, teaches English Literature at te Sorbonne Novelle, Paris. He has published several books, and numerous article and reviews on the English eighteenth-century novel.

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