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Laurence Sterne

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Laurence Sterne was born on November 24, 1713, at Clonmel in Tipperary, Ireland. His father, Roger, was an itinerant army ensign, the black-sheep son of a prominent family of Yorkshire gentry and grandson of the archbishop of York; his mother was the daughter of an army provisioner. Sterne's early childhood was spent traveling between Ireland and England as his father's fortunes dictated; not until he was ten years old did the boy permanently settle in Yorkshire. From 1723 until his father's death in Jamaica in 1731 he was sent to school near Halifax. In 1733 he entered Jesus College, Cambridge. Less... Read More

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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Written by Laurence Sterne
Introduction by Robert Folkenflik


Format: eBook, 704 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 16, 2011
Price: $9.99

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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Written by Laurence Sterne
Introduction by Robert Folkenflik


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $14.00

"Sterne's is a world in which anything may happen. We are as close to life as we can be."
—Virginia Woolf

Rich in playful double entendres, digressions, formal oddities, and typographical experiments, Tristram Shandy provoked a literary sensation when it first appeared in a series of installments between 1759 and 1767.

An ingeniously structured... Read more >
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Tristram Shandy

Written by Laurence Sterne


Format: Hardcover, 752 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 1991
Price: $22.00

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Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Laurence Sterne


Format: eBook, 752 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 10, 1999
Price: $7.99

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