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  •  Thanks for the reminder! (6+ / 0-)

    It's been decades since I read Tristram Shandy. My first time was as an undergrad in the 70s, and I was sure Sterne had discovered LSD long before Ken Kesey. I read it years later as a grad student and enjoyed it immensely from a different point of view, being an older "wiser" reader now. Ha. Tristram is a hoot but I don't know if it's taught much anymore, because it doesn't fit the 18th-century mold. It would be fun to teach it, as you mention, alongside Ulysses, and also more modern stuff like Gravity's Rainbow and Infinite Jest (sort've an answer to #3). Wonderful diary.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 02:45:48 PM PST

    •  "it doesn't fit the 18th-century mold" (1+ / 0-)
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      poco

      Yes. Sterne carefully measured the prevailing mold, and then wrote his book orthogonal to the mold.

      Which is something Joyce, Pynchon and Wallace all set out to do, too. And they all succeeded.

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

      by Brecht on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 02:41:28 PM PST

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