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This new edition brings to life Tobias Smollett's fourth novel, The Life and Adventures of Sir Lancelot Greaves. No annotated edition of the work existed before the second half of the twentieth century, and this comprehensive edition by Robert Folkenflik and Barbara Laning Fitzpatrick features more accurate text as well as scrupulous textual and critical information. Also ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 4th 1988 by Penguin Classics (first published 1762)
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Neale
Oct 29, 2013 Neale rated it it was ok
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Smollett's earlier novels all follow the traditional model of Eighteenth Century fiction: beginning with a lengthy account of the family origins and birth of the hero, and then proceeding chronologically through his upbringing, life and adventures.

'Sir Launcelot Greaves' is different. It begins, in media res, on a rainy night in a coaching inn: it could easily be the opening of a Dickens novel. It does not read like an Eighteenth Century novel at all. The hero simply appears at the door, drippi
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"I do purpose," said the youth, eyeing him with a look of ineffable contempt, "to act as a coadjutator to the law, and even to remedy evils which the law cannot reach; to detect fraud and treason, abase insolence, mortify pride, discourage slander, disgrace immodesty, and stigmatise ingratitude..."

So speaks Sir Launcelot Greaves, an 18th century Don Quixote of the West Ridings, determined to prove through his own actions that chivalry is far from dead, all for the love of his damsel in distress
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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 of Cartagena, in 1741, against the Spanish. He married a British woman Anne Lascelles, in Jamaica, 1747,and returned to En ...more
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