Tobias Smollett





Tobias Smollett

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born
in Dalquhurn House, Cardross, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, The United Kingdom
March 19, 1721

died
September 17, 1771

gender
male

genre

influences
Miguel de Cervantes


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Born in Dalquhurn,now part of Renton, Scotland, to a prosperous family and educated at the University of Glascow, 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 of Cartagena in 1741, against the Spanish. He married a British woman Anne Lascelles,in Jamaica, 1747,and returned to 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...more


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More books by Tobias Smollett…
“Some men are wise and some are otherwise.”
Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Roderick Random

“The capital is become an overgrown monster; which like a dropsical head, will in time leave the body and extremities without nourishment and support.”
Tobias Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

“I find that the old Roman baths of this quarter, were found covered by an old burying ground, belonging to the Abbey; through which, in all probability, the water drains in its passage; so that as we drink the decoction of the living bodies at the Pump-room, we swallow the strainings of rotten bones and carcasses at the private bath - I vow to God, the very idea turns my stomach!”
Tobias Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

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