The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Praised by the likes of Voltaire and Goethe, Laurence Sterne was largely shunned by critics in his native England when Tristram Shandy appeared in 1759, and published in nine volumes until 1767. Indeed, readers today must prepare to be amused and perplexed in equal measure: "only keep your temper" advises the author with typical self-referential aplomb.
In this fictional autobiography, the perennially distracted ‘hero’ Tristram Shandy is so diverted by detail and digression, that he is not even born until the third volume. This narrative intricacy is reflected by Sterne's wild use of typographic detail and jaunty experimentation with bookish jokes including unwritten chapters, and, notoriously, blackened and marbled pages.
Is eccentricitiy just practical madness, as the critic V.S. Pritchett has suggested? If so, you'd be practically mad not to buy this poster of Sterne's genious folly.
→ Two-colour offset (black / plasma)
→ Word count: 194,026
→ Includes: 37 footnotes, 3 drawings, blackened and marbled sections
→ Typeset in 2.92pt Malaga, Centro Serif Pro, Old English Text
→ Printed on 150g Munken Pure Rough
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