Tobias Smollett

Author: Lionel Kelly
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134782845
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Critical Heritage gathers together a large body of critical sources on major figures in literature. Each volume presents contemporary responses to a writer's work, enabling student and researcher to read the work themselves.

Die Abenteuer des Roderick Random Klassiker der schottischen Literatur

Author: Tobias Smollett
Publisher: Musaicum Books
ISBN: 8075831500
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Diese Ausgabe von "Die Abenteuer des Roderick Random" wurde mit einem funktionalen Layout erstellt und sorgfältig formatiert. Dieses eBook ist mit interaktiven Inhalt und Begleitinformationen versehen, einfach zu navigieren und gut gegliedert. Tobias George Smollett (1721-1771) war ein schottischer Arzt und Schriftsteller. Seine erste Veröffentlichung war ein Gedicht über die Schlacht von Culloden, doch erst sein pikaresker Roman Roderick Random, den er nach dem Vorbild des Gil Blas von Alain-René Lesage verfasst hatte, machte ihn 1748 berühmt. Autobiographische Elemente waren hier mit Komik und Fabulierkunst zu einem Schelmenroman ausgebaut worden. Aus dem Buch: "Ich wurde im nördlichen Teile unseres vereinigten Königreichs im Hause meines Großvaters geboren. Dieser Mann besaß ein ansehnliches Vermögen und großen Einfluß, hatte sich bei manchen Gelegenheiten um sein Land verdient gemacht und durch seine tiefe Gesetzeskunde Ruf erlangt. Als Richter machte er davon mit dem besten Erfolge Gebrauch, und zwar zumal gegen Bettler, gegen die er eine ganz besondere Abneigung hatte. Mein Vater, sein jüngster Sohn, verliebte sich in eine arme Verwandte, die bei dem alten Herrn als Haushälterin lebte; er heiratete sie heimlich, und ich war die erste Frucht dieser Ehe. Meine Mutter hatte während ihrer Schwangerschaft einen Traum, der sie höchlich beunruhigte. Sie quälte ihren Mann mit ungestümen Anliegen so lange, bis er endlich einen hochländischen Wahrsager über das nächtliche Gesicht konsultierte. Diesen suchte er im voraus durch ein Geschenk zu einer günstigen Auslegung zu stimmen; allein der Mann war unbestechlich."

Travels in France and Italy

Author: Tobias Smollett
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
ISBN: 1596055707
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At the age of 42, following the death of his 15-year-old daughter and in failing health, Tobias Smollett embarked on a yearlong journey through France and Italy in 1763. Written as a series of letters, Travels in France and Italy describes in a delightfully grouchy manner his miserable experiences in each and every city he visited. Described by some as the "champion bad traveler," Smolett argues with his hosts and fellow travelers and holds in contempt not only French and Italian art and politics, but the Catholic religion as well. The intolerance and prejudice he displays makes for what critics call a thoroughly entertaining and perceptive travel book.TOBIAS GEORGE SMOLLETT (1721-1771) was a Scottish author best known for his picaresque novels about the adventures and expeditions of such characters as Roderick Random, Peregrine Pickle, and Humphrey Clinker. He was educated as a surgeon, joined the Navy, and began writing, all without much success. His whole life seemed to be a series of turns for the worst. His last words are said to have been "All is well, my dear."

Poems Plays and The Briton

Author: Tobias Smollett
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820314285
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The poems, plays, and political writings included in this volume are essential to an understanding of Tobias Smollett and the literary and social currents of eighteenth-century England. In introductions to the separate sections of the volume, Byron Gassman identifies the circumstances that prompted Smollett to undertake these writings, traces the history of their publication and reception, and provides extensive explanations of historical and literary allusions. The poems in the volume represent Smollett's entire achievement as a poet. Among the shorter poems are "A New Song," his first printed work; "The Tears of Scotland," an early expression of his defiant spirit; and the popular "Ode to Independence," written during the last decade of his life. Two longer works, "Advice" (1746) and its sequel, "Reproof" (1747), are satires written in Popean heroic couplets; they mark the beginnings of Smollett's attacks on theater managers, corrupt politicians, iniquitous military leaders, and other well-known personalities of the day. An appendix to this volume includes five additional poems assigned but not definitely attributed to Smollett. The Reprisal; or The Tars of Old England and The Regicide are the only extant plays by Smollett. The Regicide, written when the author was only eighteen or nineteen, dramatizes the story of the murder of James I of Scotland. The Reprisal, a patriotic comedy performed as an afterpiece at the Theatre Royal, was a moderate theatrical success. Smollett's political writings for The Briton, a weekly journal he established in 1762 for defending the policies of the Earl of Bute, mark a particularly painful period in the author's life. A paper war erupted with the first number, and Smollett and Bute became the objects of scathing counterattacks, particularly in the writings of John Wilkes. This volume brings together for the first time all issues of The Briton and also includes a key identifying the weekly's numerous elliptical references to persons and places.