Rich in playful double entendres, digressions, formal oddities, and
typographical experiments, The Life and Opinions of Tristram
Shandy, Gentleman provoked a literary sensation when it first
appeared in England in a series of volumes from 1759 to 1767.
An ingeniously structured novel (about writing a novel) that fasci-
nates like a verbal game of chess, Tristram Shandy is the most
protean and playful English fiction of the eighteenth century and
a celebration of the art; its inventiveness anticipates the work of
Joyce, Rushdie, and Fuentes.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the nine-
volume first edition.