Humphry Clinker by Tobias SmollettHumphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett

Humphry Clinker

byTobias SmollettIntroduction byJeremy LewisNotes byShaun Regan

Paperback | December 30, 2008

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Matthew Bramble, a gout-ridden misanthrope, travels Britain with his nephew, niece, spinster sister and man-servant, the trusty Humphry Clinker. In poor health, Bramble sees the world as one of degeneracy and raucous overcrowding, and will not hesitate to let his companions know his feelings on the matter. Peopled with pimps, drunkards, decadents and con-men, Humphrey Clinker displays Smollett’s ferociously pessimistic view of mankind, and his belief that the luxury of eighteenth-century England existence was the enemy of sense and sobriety. Presented in the form of letters from six very different characters, and full of joyful puns and double entendres, Humphrey Clinker is now recognised as a boisterous and observant masterpiece of English satire. Jeremy Lewis’s introduction examines why Smollett has become an unjustly neglected figure of English literature, and how the time in which he lived became a crucible for his work. This new edition contains notes, a chronology and suggested reading.

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TOBIAS SMOLLETT (1721-1771) was borin near Dunbarton in Scotland. He was educated at local schools and then at the University of Glasgow, which he left without a degree. He was apprenticed as a surgeon in the city, but in 1739 went to London. In 1740 he sailed with the fleet to the West Indies as surgeon's mate on HMS Chichester. He wa...
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Title:Humphry ClinkerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.75 × 5.1 × 0.87 inPublished:December 30, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141441429

ISBN - 13:9780141441429

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