A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy

Laurence Sterne

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A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy is a novel by Laurence Sterne, first published in 1768. Sterne wrote it after travelling through these countries and meeting Tobias Smollett. Smollett had written Travels Through France and Italy a couple of years earlier, and Sterne had objected to his lack of, let's say, positivity about his travels. So he wrote this book (a Sentimental Journey) as a rebuttal of Smollett's more acerbic one. The book helped establish travel writing, but more than that, it moved it away from the academic objective to the more personal subjective view. Whilst no doubt a travel book, it is written as fiction, with the narrator being the Reverend Mr. Yorick, who recounts his various adventures and love affairs. Sterne died less than a month after A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy was published.

Part of Anne Haight's List of Banned Books.

This book has 61 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1768.

Production notes: This edition of A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy was published by Global Grey ebooks on the 14th July 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Beautiful Grisette' by William Powell Frith.

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