The expedition of Humphry Clinker
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The expedition of Humphry Clinker

By Tobias George Smollett
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The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, Tobias Smollett's last published novel and most celebrated work, appeared in June 1771, three months before the author's death. A classic in the history of the English novel, it takes the form of a collection of letters written by various members of Mr. Matthew Bramble's family (for whom Humphry Clinker is a general servant) during their eight months of travel in England and Scotland in the 1760s. The wanderings of the Bramble party result in a series of amusing adventures and episodes, unfolding within the main plot in which the eccentric and contentious characters--"originals" as Bramble's nephew calls them--discover the sources of true happiness.In this work, Smollett realized two long-standing artistic goals--a harmonious fusion of satire and comedy and, through the deliberate intertwining of historical and contrived details, a portrayal of the world as constructed from both fiction and fact. In achieving the latter, Smollett was aided by the novel's form, for the epistolary style of travel books in his day set a precedent for the extensive commentary on incidents, experiences, people, and places in Humphry Clinker and allowed him to relate the same stories through multiple points of view.Much of the continuing appeal of the novel can be traced to the gossipy insights found in its mass of historical, biographical, economic, political, social, geographical, and topographical details. One meets, for example, Smollett's version of such historical personages as William Pitt, James Quin, and the Duke of Newcastle, as well as fictionalized versions of Smollett's own friends and enemies. Even minor characters are often taken directly from history. In addition, the book includes numerous quotations from and allusions to the Bible, earlier and contemporary literature, the Book of Common Prayer, medical matter, and proverbial lore.This edition ofHumphry Clinkerincludes illustrations by George Cruikshank and Thomas Rowlandson and is the first scholarly edition to feature a comprehensive introduction, exhaustive textual editing, and detailed notes that cite passages from Smollett's nonfictional works and the works of his contemporaries to analyze the mass of allusions and references in the novel. Thomas R. Preston's introduction discusses the composition, publication, and early reception ofHumphry Clinker, the crucial importance of money in the narrative and its revelation of character, and Smollett's use of language and dialect.

Table of Contents
  • THE EXPEDITION OF HUMPHRY CLINKER
  • To Mr HENRY DAVIS, Bookseller, in London.
    • ABERGAVENNY, Aug. 4.
  • To the Revd. Mr JONATHAN DUSTWICH, at—
    • SIR,
  • THE EXPEDITION OF HUMPHRY CLINKER
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DOCTOR,
  • To Mrs GWYLLIM, house-keeper at Brambleton-hall.
    • MRS GWILLIM,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR PHILLIPS,
  • To Mrs JERMYN at her house in Gloucester.
    • DEAR MADAM,
  • To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
    • MY DEAREST LETTY,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR LEWIS,
  • To Miss LYDIA MELFORD.
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • HOT WELL, April 18.
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • HOT WELL, April 20.
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • HOT WELL, April 20.
  • To Miss LETTY WILLIS, at Gloucester
    • HOT WELL, April 21.
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • BATH, April 24.
  • To Dr LEWIS. BATH, April 23. DEAR DOCTOR,
  • To Miss WILLIS at Gloucester. BATH, April 26. MY DEAREST COMPANION,
  • To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
    • DEAR MOLLY JONES,
  • To Mrs GWYLLIM, house-keeper at Brambleton-hall.
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR DICK,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR KNIGHT,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR LEWIS,
  • To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
    • MY DEAR LETTY,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
  • To Dr LEWIS.
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR PHILLIPS,
  • To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
    • DEAR MOLLY,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR DICK,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DOCTER LEWS,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR PHILLIPS,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR DOCTOR,
  • To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
    • MY DEAR LETTY,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR PHILLIPS,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
  • To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
    • DEAR MARY JONES,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR WAT,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR LEWIS
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR PHILLIPS,
  • To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
    • MY DEAR LETTY,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR PHILLIPS,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR LEWIS,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR WAT,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
  • To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall, &c.
    • DEAR MARY,
  • To Mrs GWYLLIM, house-keeper at Brambleton-hall. MRS GWYLLIM,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR PHILLIPS,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR DOCTOR,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR KNIGHT,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR WAT,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR PHILLIPS,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR DOCTOR,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. at Oxon.
    • DEAR WAT,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR LEWIS,
  • To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
    • DEAR MARY,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR PHILLIPS,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR KNIGHT,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR DICK,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR DOCTOR,
  • To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
    • MY DEAREST LETTY,
  • To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
    • DEAR MARY,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. at Oxon.
    • DEAR KNIGHT,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR DOCTOR,
  • To Mrs GWILLIM, house-keeper at Brambleton-hall.
    • MRS GWYLLIM,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR LEWIS,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR WAT,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR DICK,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. at Oxon.
    • DEAR KNIGHT,
  • To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
    • DEAR MARY JONES,
  • To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
    • MY DEAR LETTY,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR WATKIN,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
    • DEAR PHILLIPS,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR DICK,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. at Oxon.
    • DEAR WAT,
  • To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
    • MY DEAR, DEAR LETTY,
  • To Mrs JERMYN, at her house in Gloucester.
    • DEAR MADAM,
  • To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
    • O MARY JONES! MARY JONES!
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR DICK,
  • To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. at Oxon.
    • DEAR KNIGHT,
  • To Dr LEWIS.
    • DEAR DOCTOR,
  • To Mrs GWYLLIM, at Brambleton-hall.
    • GOOD MRS GWYLLIM,
  • To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
    • MRS JONES,
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