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Life of Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne

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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
by Laurence Sterne


A work by Laurence Sterne


The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.

(two lines in Greek)


To the Right Honourable Mr Pitt.

Sir,

Never poor Wight of a Dedicator had less hopes from his Dedication, than I
have from this of mine; for it is written in a bye corner of the kingdom,
and in a retir'd thatch'd house, where I live in a constant endeavour to
fence against the infirmities of ill health, and other evils of life, by
mirth; being firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles,--but much more
so, when he laughs, it adds something to this Fragment of Life.

I humbly beg, Sir, that you will honour this book, by taking it--(not under
your Protection,--it must protect itself, but)--into the country with you;
where, if I am ever told, it has made you smile; or can conceive it has
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