Humphry Clinker

Humphry Clinker

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Penguin Putnam
The eighteenth-century picaresque masterpiece- now in a new edition

A triumph of English satire, Humphry Clinker was published just three months prior to its author's death in 1771. At its heart is Matthew Bramble, a gout-ridden misanthrope who travels Britain with his nephew, niece, spinster sister, and manservant, the trusty Humphry Clinker. In a narrative peopled with pimps, drunkards, and con men, Bramble's pessimistic views on the world's degeneracy- and his eagerness to express them-betray the author's belief that his countrymen were suffering from an acute lack of sense and sobriety. Boisterous and keenly observant, Humphry Clinker is a delicious send-up of eighteenth-century society.

Random House, Inc.
Matthew Bramble, a gout-ridden misanthrope, travels Britain with his nephew, niece, spinster sister and man-servant, the trusty Humphry Clinker. In poor health, Bramble sees the world as one of degeneracy and raucous overcrowding, and will not hesitate to let his companions know his feelings on the matter. Peopled with pimps, drunkards, decadents and con-men, Humphrey Clinker displays Smollett’s ferociously pessimistic view of mankind, and his belief that the luxury of eighteenth-century England existence was the enemy of sense and sobriety. Presented in the form of letters from six very different characters, and full of joyful puns and double entendres, Humphrey Clinker is now recognised as a boisterous and observant masterpiece of English satire. Jeremy Lewis’s introduction examines why Smollett has become an unjustly neglected figure of English literature, and how the time in which he lived became a crucible for his work. This new edition contains notes, a chronology and suggested reading.

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Baker & Taylor
Collected letters record a family's adventures while traveling through England and Scotland and reveal their reactions toward a unique servant encountered on the trip.

Blackwell North Amer
A fascinating picture of eighteenth-century society. Tough, splenetic, and widely experienced, of all the great novelists of his time Tobias Smollett is the one who registered best the bawdy, brutal side of the eighteenth-century life.
Towards the end of his life, however, he grew mellower, and Humphrey Clinker (1771) is a tale of high good humour.
Squire Bramble's picaresque tour of the Britain of George III has enough eccentric characters and comic adventures for several lifetimes, and a wealth of local colour.

Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin, 2008
Edition: New edition
ISBN: 9780141441429
Branch Call Number: FICTION SMOLL...T
Characteristics: xxxiii, 450 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Jeremy
Regan, Shaun 1970-


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