A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy
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A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy

By Laurence Sterne
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A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy is a novel by Laurence Sterne, written and first published in 1768, as Sterne was facing death. In 1765, Sterne travelled through France and Italy as far south as Naples, and after returning determined to describe his travels from a sentimental point of view. The novel can be seen as an epilogue to the possibly unfinished work The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, and also as an answer to Tobias Smollett's decidedly unsentimental Travels through France and Italy. Sterne had met Smollett during his travels in Europe, and strongly objected to his spleen, acerbity and quarrelsomeness. He modeled the character of Smelfungus on him.
The novel was extremely popular and influential and helped establish travel writing as the dominant genre of the second half of the 18th century. Unlike prior travel accounts which stressed classical learning and objective non-personal points of view, A Sentimental Journey emphasized the subjective discussions of personal taste and sentiments, of manners and morals over classical learning. Throughout the 1770s female travel writers began publishing significant numbers of sentimental travel accounts. Sentiment also became a favorite style among those expressing non-mainstream views including political radicalism.
The narrator is the Reverend Mr. Yorick, who is slyly represented to guileless readers as Sterne's barely disguised alter ego. The book recounts his various adventures, usually of the amorous type, in a series of self-contained episodes. The book is less eccentric and more elegant in style than Tristram Shandy and was better received by contemporary critics. It was published on 27 February, and on 18 March Sterne died.
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Table of Contents
  • A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY THROUGH FRANCE AND ITALY;
  • CALAIS.
  • THE MONK. CALAIS.
  • THE MONK. CALAIS.
  • THE MONK. CALAIS.
  • THE DESOBLIGEANT. CALAIS.
  • PREFACE. IN THE DESOBLIGEANT.
  • CALAIS.
  • IN THE STREET. CALAIS.
  • THE REMISE DOOR. CALAIS.
  • THE REMISE DOOR. CALAIS.
  • THE SNUFF BOX. CALAIS.
  • THE REMISE DOOR. CALAIS.
  • IN THE STREET. CALAIS.
  • THE REMISE. CALAIS.
  • THE REMISE. CALAIS.
  • THE REMISE. CALAIS.
  • IN THE STREET. CALAIS.
  • MONTREUIL.
  • MONTREUIL.
  • MONTREUIL.
  • MONTREUIL.
  • A FRAGMENT.
  • MONTREUIL.
  • THE BIDET.
  • NAMPONT. THE DEAD ASS.
  • NAMPONT. THE POSTILION.
  • AMIENS.
  • THE LETTER. AMIENS.
  • THE LETTER.
  • PARIS.
  • THE WIG. PARIS.
  • THE PULSE. PARIS.
  • THE HUSBAND. PARIS.
  • THE GLOVES. PARIS.
  • THE TRANSLATION. PARIS.
  • THE DWARF. PARIS.
  • THE ROSE. PARIS.
  • THE FILLE DE CHAMBRE. PARIS.
  • THE PASSPORT. PARIS.
  • THE PASSPORT. THE HOTEL AT PARIS.
  • THE CAPTIVE. PARIS.
  • THE STARLING. ROAD TO VERSAILLES.
  • THE ADDRESS. VERSAILLES.
  • LE PATISSIER. VERSAILLES.
  • THE SWORD. RENNES.
  • THE PASSPORT. VERSAILLES.
  • THE PASSPORT. VERSAILLES.
  • THE PASSPORT. VERSAILLES.
  • THE PASSPORT. VERSAILLES.
  • CHARACTER. VERSAILLES.
  • THE TEMPTATION. PARIS.
  • THE CONQUEST.
  • THE MYSTERY. PARIS.
  • THE CASE OF CONSCIENCE. PARIS.
  • THE RIDDLE. PARIS.
  • LE DIMANCHE. PARIS.
  • THE FRAGMENT. PARIS.
  • THE FRAGMENT. PARIS.
  • THE FRAGMENT, AND THE BOUQUET. [648] PARIS.
  • THE ACT OF CHARITY. PARIS.
  • THE RIDDLE EXPLAINED. PARIS.
  • PARIS.
  • MARIA. MOULINES.
  • MARIA.
  • MARIA. MOULINES.
  • THE BOURBONNNOIS.
  • THE SUPPER.
  • THE GRACE.
  • THE CASE OF DELICACY.
  • FOOTNOTES.
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