Travels Through France and Italy Traduced by malice persecuted by fiction abandoned by false patrons and overwhelmed by the sense of a domestic calamity Tobias Smollett set off on a journey through France and Italy to relieve his

  • Title: Travels Through France and Italy
  • Author: Tobias Smollett Osbert Sitwell
  • ISBN: 9780810160538
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback
  • Traduced by malice, persecuted by fiction, abandoned by false patrons, and overwhelmed by the sense of a domestic calamity, Tobias Smollett set off on a journey through France and Italy to relieve his despair While there, he wrote regularly to his friends, and the result is this fascinating, wholeheartedly personal account of places and he encountered.Travels through Fr Traduced by malice, persecuted by fiction, abandoned by false patrons, and overwhelmed by the sense of a domestic calamity, Tobias Smollett set off on a journey through France and Italy to relieve his despair While there, he wrote regularly to his friends, and the result is this fascinating, wholeheartedly personal account of places and he encountered.Travels through France and Italy is a landmark work in travel literature Full of prejudice, grousing, sharp observation, and caustic satire, it is the first travel book in modern literature to go beyond the simple conveyance of information to reflect the writer s state of mind.

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      Tobias George Smollett was born in Dalquhurn, now part of Renton, Scotland, to a prosperous family and educated at the University of Glasgow, where he studied to be a physician Later he joined the British Royal Navy as a surgeon s mate He was present at the disastrous battle against the Spanish at Cartagena in 1741.He married a British woman Anne Lascelles, in Jamaica, 1747,and settled in England In London, as a writer, he became successful The Adventures of Roderick Random 1748 , a picaresque novel like most of his books made him a well known author It was followed by The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle in 1751 But the failure of The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom 1753 caused financial difficulties for him Publishing The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves 1762 didn t help.Writing poems, plays, travel and history books, essays, satires, doing translations and even becoming a literary critic and magazine editor, Dr Smollett struggled all his short life against poverty, he traveled to Italy, to regain his health, but died of tuberculosis near Livorno, in 1771 Ironically finishing his masterpiece, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, a few months before his death.Charles Dickens was a great admirer of Tobias Smollett, even visiting his gravesite.



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    1. The famous 18th century British author Tobias Smollett, (and infamous grouch) travels to France and Italy in 1763.Bringing along his wife,Nancy and two young girls, of which Nancy was their guardian and a servant.What are the chances that disasters will ensue, for the party of five? Having recently lost their 15 year old daughter Elizabeth and only child, the couple wants to leave England for a long trip.The writer and physician also is hoping to recover his health, in the warmer climate.The few [...]

    2. Smollett's travel journal - written in epistolary form to an imaginary acquaintance back in England - is like a series of abominably bad Yelp reviews. One auberge after another is the dirtiest, most disgusting lodging he has ever seen or stayed at, until the next auberge, which is also the worst. The beds are covered with vermin, the sheets are filthy, he often sleeps atop boxes wrapped in his great coat. The food is barely edible, the natives grimy and lazy, the women pot-bellied. The chaises c [...]

    3. Smollett, has written a rich and highly detailed account of traveling in the mid-eighteenth century. He's very observant of everything going on around him, from the lands he's passing through, modes of transportation, farms, foods, lodgings, prices, art, architecture and the people, and he describes them all with a sharp wit, where nothing escapes his critical eye.

    4. Smollett, Tobias. TRAVELS THROUGH FRANCE AND ITALY. (1766; this ed. 1979). ****. This is an edition published by the Folio Society with an introduction by Christopher Hibbert. I’ve read three of Smollett’s novels many years ago, “The Adventures of Roderick Random,” “The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle,” and, “The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker.” These were all novels, picaresque accounts really, of the various heroes of the titles and contained a great deal of humor. All of them [...]

    5. As Henry wrote wonderfully above - Infamous grouch! Smollett provided the model of the wingeing tourist for the next 250 years. At times I wanted to belt the guy. Still, his descriptive powers are often brilliant, and his complaints fully merited. Since the places he visited often retain the very ruins and churches, castles and villas that he describes, it's possible to walk in his footsteps and mark the changes. See then, how quickly you acquire Smollett's grumpiness when every square you visit [...]

    6. Smollett has to be seen as one of the xenophobic archetypal grumpy old men. At a time when well bred men and women were expected to travel through Europe to complete their education (which, let's face it, was pretty execrable). However, he travels throughout France and Italy with all his prejudices firmly to the fore. He is the Englishman Abroad, the Rosbif and everything that is awful about such people. He makes no attempt to integrate or comment favourably on what he sees, constantly comparing [...]

    7. Exceptional. In addition to being an amusingly grouchy take on travel, it offers a first-hand view of France and Italy from a sociological perspective in the years 1763–65. The author, Tobias Smollett, also presents the Roman origins of southern France's many ruins and city names in a fascinating way. I was captivated.

    8. Epistolary travelogue by eighteenth century surgeon, humorous novelist and outspoken art historian who was praised by Orwell and admired (see David Copperfield) and imitated by Dickens. Smollett was maligned by rivals in his lifetime and has taken more than two centuries to become appreciated .

    9. Every one ought to read Smollett at least once; those who are hooked should read him like a tonic on a regular basis. His hilarity is matchless, observations are acute, and complaints are marvelous. Anyone who has spent any length of time in Italy knows that Smollett is right!

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