This is the definitive scholarly edition of Tobias Smollett's
first novel, widely regarded as one of his two masterpieces, the
other being The Expedition of Humphry Clinker.
Roderick Random was also, in its time, the chief rival to
Henry Fielding's comic novel Tom Jones.
Surging with verbal, sexual, and martial energy, The
Adventures of Roderick Random opens a window on life, love,
and war in the eighteenth century. The hero battles his way from
poverty and neglect to make his mark as a doctor, writer, fighter,
and lover. His adventures take us across the world, from England
and France to the Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America. One of the
first truly global novels, it casts light on nearly every aspect of
its time-imperialism, gender relations, slavery, urban life,
colonial warfare, commerce, politics, the professions, high
society, and the Hogarthian underworld.
Complete with illustrations and comprehensive annotations, this
is the first edition to include Smollett's long-forgotten antiwar
pamphlet, An Account of the Expedition against Carthagene in
the West Indies, which was drawn from his own war experience
and on which key sections of the novel are based. The editors also
provide a detailed biographical and historical introduction, based
on the most recent scholarship, mapping the novel's enormous impact
in its own time and its influence on the history of literature
over the centuries since.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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