> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 15 September 2004
  • ISBN: 9780375761195
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $29.99

Life And Opinions Of Tristram


Formats & editions


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.

  • Pub date: 15 September 2004
  • ISBN: 9780375761195
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Laurence Sterne

Date: 2013-08-06
Laurence Sterne was born in 1713, the younger son of a landowning Yorkshire family. He studied at Jesus College, Cambridge and was ordained in 1738. Sterne's dramas were mostly personal, including bitter quarrels with his wife and uncle, and some high profile affairs. The publication of the first volumes of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy in 1759 made him famous throughout Europe overnight. He went on to complete the remaining volumes over the next seven years. Sterne died in 1768 of tuberculosis, the condition that had dogged him for many years.

Irish-born Laurence Sterne graduated from Cambridge in 1737 and took holy orders, becoming a prebend in York Cathedral. His masterpiece, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy made him a celebrity but ill-health necessitated recuperative travel and A Sentimental Journey grew out of seven-month trip through France and Italy. He died the year it was published, 1768.

Also by Laurence Sterne

See all

Related titles