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  •  Finally, thank you. I knew if I didn't mention the (7+ / 0-)

    typography, someone would. Like Sterne, I enjoy collaboration and conversation with my readers.

    It's one of my favorite parts of Sterne's personality, that he can't see a rule without breaking it; I wrote an essay in college, 'Breaking the Rules in Tristram Shandy'.

    And, yes Sterne's best jokes (many of them to do with Toby) are just brilliant. Someone said that in creating Toby, Sterne paid the greatest tribute possible to human nature.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 12:25:44 PM PST

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    •  The early English novel, and typography (3+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, poco, Monsieur Georges

      Many of the early English novelists were themselves printers and typographers (the best way to have freedom of the press is to own one).

      Early printing was legal printing, newspapers, and religious tracts. I see the early novel, often satiric, as being a joke about this: inventing stories, to be printed up, wasn't really all that Novel. All printing was fiction.

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