The life and adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves
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The life and adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves

By Tobias George Smollett
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This new edition brings to life Tobias Smollett's fourth novel, The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves. No annotated edition of the work existed before the second half of the twentieth century, and this comprehensive edition by Robert Folkenflik and Barbara Laning Fitzpatrick features more accurate text as well as scrupulous textual and critical information. Also included in the detailed introduction is a unique examination of Sir Launcelot Greaves, the first illustrated serial novel, in relation to the engravings by Anthony Walker. Sir Launcelot Greaves was a groundbreaking novel for Smollett. Published in British Magazine beginning in January 1760, it was the first major work by an English novelist to have been written specifically for serial publication. The novel, Smollett's shortest, differs stylistically from his previous works. The most attractive of his heroes, Sir Launcelot is virtuous and strange, and he is surrounded by a Smollettian menagerie whose various jargons are part of this novel's linguistic virtuosity and satire. Sir Launcelot's character is an English naturalization of Quixote. Although Sir Launcelot, unlike Quixote, is not the object of the author's satire, an idealistic madness is central to both characters. In Smollett's work the theme of madness is integral to the relationship between self and society as the work ponders both the constitution of madness and the alternatives to revenge. Sir Launcelot Greaves, though not Smollett's most heralded work, has not received the recognition it deserves. Folkenflik and Fitzpatrick present a definitive edition that will be appreciated by scholars and lovers of eighteenth-century literature.

Table of Contents
  • The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves
  • THE ADVENTURES OF SIR LAUNCELOT GREAVES
    • With the Author’s Preface, and an Introduction by G. H. Maynadier, Ph.D. Department of English, Harvard University
    • DETAILED CONTENTS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • THE ADVENTURES OF SIR LAUNCELOT GREAVES
    • CHAPTER ONE
    • CHAPTER TWO
    • CHAPTER THREE
      • WHICH THE READER, ON PERUSAL, MAY WISH WERE CHAPTER THE LAST.
    • CHAPTER FOUR
    • CHAPTER FIVE
      • IN WHICH THIS RECAPITULATION DRAWS TO A CLOSE.
    • CHAPTER SIX
      • IN WHICH THE READER WILL PERCEIVE THAT IN SOME CASES MADNESS IS CATCHING.
    • CHAPTER SEVEN
      • IN WHICH THE KNIGHT RESUMES HIS IMPORTANCE.
    • CHAPTER EIGHT
      • WHICH IS WITHIN A HAIR’S-BREADTH OF PROVING HIGHLY INTERESTING.
    • CHAPTER NINE
      • WHICH MAY SERVE TO SHOW, THAT TRUE PATRIOTISM IS OF NO PARTY.
    • CHAPTER TEN
    • CHAPTER ELEVEN
      • DESCRIPTION OF A MODERN MAGISTRATE.
    • CHAPTER TWELVE
      • WHICH SHOWS THERE ARE MORE WAYS TO KILL A DOG THAN HANGING.
    • CHAPTER THIRTEEN
      • IN WHICH OUR KNIGHT IS TANTALISED WITH A TRANSIENT GLIMPSE OF FELICITY.
    • CHAPTER FOURTEEN
      • WHICH SHOWS THAT A MAN CANNOT ALWAYS SIP, WHEN THE CUP IS AT HIS LIP.
    • CHAPTER FIFTEEN
    • CHAPTER SIXTEEN
    • CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
      • CONTAINING ADVENTURES OF CHIVALRY EQUALLY NEW AND SURPRISING.
    • CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
      • IN WHICH THE RAYS OF CHIVALRY SHINE WITH RENOVATED LUSTRE.
    • CHAPTER NINETEEN
      • CONTAINING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE GRIFFIN AND CRESCENT.
    • CHAPTER TWENTY
      • IN WHICH OUR HERO DESCENDS INTO THE MANSION OF THE DAMNED.
    • CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE
      • CONTAINING FURTHER ANECDOTES RELATING TO THE CHILDREN ON WRETCHEDNESS.
    • CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO
      • IN WHICH CAPTAIN CROWE IS SUBLIMED INTO THE REGIONS ON ASTROLOGY.
    • CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE
      • IN WHICH THE CLOUDS THAT COVER THE CATASTROPHE BEGIN TO DISPERSE.
    • CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR
    • CHAPTER THE LAST
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