Title Tristram Shandy (Norton Critical Editions)
Author Laurence Sterne, Judith Hawley
ISBN 9780393921366
List price USD 15.95
Price outside India Available on Request
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 560
Book size 147 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
About the book


“Packed with carefully curated supplementary goodies, Hawley’s edition will allow students and scholars alike to appreciate the breadth and depth of Sterne’s wit, creativity, and pathos.”

—Evan Gottlieb, Oregon State University 


“This new edition of Tristram expands commentary by the great early novelists and by today’s most influential critics.”

—Paula Backscheider, Auburn University



This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • The first London edition (1759) of Sterne’s revolutionary and influential novel.
  • Textual notes, explanatory footnotes, and a preface by Judith Hawley.
  • Three illustrations.
  • The Author on the Novel, fourteen judiciously chosen letters from the latest scholarly edition.
  • A wide range of early responses that demonstrate Tristram Shandy’s changing reception from its publication through the nineteenth century.
  • Eleven major critical interpretations, ten of them new to this edition.
  • A Chronology of Laurence Sterne’s life and work and a Selected Bibliography. 


About the Series:

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.


About the Cover



The Text of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

 William Hogarth • Frontispiece to the Second Edition, Vol. I • Vol. I • Vol. II • William Hogarth • Frontispiece to the Second Edition, Vol. III    Vol. III    Vol. IV    Vol. V    Vol. VI    Vol. VII    Vol. VIII    Vol. IX    TEXTUAL NOTES    Abel Boyer • A Plan of Namur



THE AUTHOR ON THE NOVEL    To Robert Dodsley, May 23, 1759 • To a Friend, [Summer, 1759] • To Robert Dodsley, [October 5, 1759] • To Charles Watson-Wentworth, Marquis of Rockingham, December 14, 1759 • To Dr. ******, January 30, 1760 • To Richard Berenger, [March 8, 1760] • To William Robinson, June 27, 1760 • To Stephen Croft, December 25 [1760] • To Stephen Croft, [February 17, 1761] • To Lady ——, September 21, 1761 • To Robert Foley, November 9, 1762 • To Robert Foley, November 11, 1764 • To Thomas Hesilrige, July 5 [1765] • To ——, July 23, 1766


CONTEMPORARY RESPONSES    [William Kenrick] • Review of Tristram Shandy, Vols. I–II • Anonymous • From Critical Review    Anonymous • From London Magazine    Anonymous • From Royal Female Magazine    Horace Walpole • Letter to Sir David Dalrymple    Anonymous • Letter to Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure    Thomas Gray • Letter to Thomas Warton the Younger    William Warburton • Letter to David Garrick    Robert Brown • Letter to John Hall-Stevenson    Edmund Burke • Review of Tristram Shandy    Samuel Richardson • Letter to Bishop Mark Hildesley    [Owen Ruffhead] • Review of Tristram Shandy, Vols. III–IV    [John Langhorne] • Review of Tristram Shandy, Vols. V–VI    Charles Churchill • [In Praise of Sterne’s Digression]    Anonymous • From Critical Review • [Ralph Griffith] • Review of Tristram Shandy, Vol. IX    Samuel Johnson • Conversation with Boswell (March 20,  • 6)    NINETEENTH-CENTURY RESPONSES    Samuel Taylor Coleridge • [Sterne’s Wit and Humor]    William Hazlitt • [Sterne’s Style]    Sir Walter Scott • From Laurence Sterne    Thomas Carlyle • [Humor and Sensibility]    Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton • [Sterne’s Style]    Friedrich Nietzsche • The Freest Writer    TWENTIETH- AND TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY STUDIES    Viktor Shklovsky • The Novel as Parody: Sterne’s Tristram Shandy    Wayne Booth • Did Sterne Complete Tristram Shandy?    Paula Loscocco • Can’t Live Without ’Em: Walter Shandy and the Woman Within    Judith Hawley • The Anatomy of Tristram Shandy    Tim Parnell • A Story Painted to the Heart? Tristram Shandy and Sentimentalism Reconsidered    Terry Eagleton • The Good-Natured Gael    Christopher Fanning • On Sterne’s Page: Spatial Layout, Spatial Form, and Social Spaces in Tristram Shandy    Thomas Keymer • Sterne and the “New Species of Writing”    Tita Chico • “The More I Write, the More I Shall Have to Write”: The Many Beginnings of Tristram Shandy    Brigitte Friant-Kessler • Sterne’s Comic Menagerie    Darrell Jones • Locke and Sterne: The History of a Critical Hobby-Horse 

Laurence Sterne: A Chronology 

Selected Bibliography

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of English Literature.


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