The novel was published in nine
volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following
over the next seven years. It purports to be a biography of the
It made extensive use of special
typographical features and engravings particularly specified by the
author; his idiosyncratic employment of dashes, unusual marks of
punctuation, and specially-designed plates seems to have been intended
to fulfil a number of purposes. Such visual features is another means by
which Sterne highlights the inadequacy of the "novel" as a
representation of "real" life.
About Laurence Sterne
Born: Nov. 24, 1713
Died: Mar. 18, 1768
Irish novelist, English humorist. His
great-grandfather was an archbishop of York, and he himself also became
an Anglican clergyman after graduated from the school of divinity at
Cambridge University. His enduring reputation as an author rests upon
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760-1767) and
A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy (1768). He
published many sermons, wrote memoirs, and was involved in local
Sterne's influence was particularly
strong in France (on Diderot) and Germany (Jean Paul). In Russia, he
influenced A. N. Radishchev, N. M. Karamzin, and V. F. Odoevskii; A. S.
Pushkin and L. N. Tolstoy expressed their high opinion of him.