Tobias Smollett





Tobias Smollett


Born
in Dalquhurn House, Cardross, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
March 19, 1721

Died
September 17, 1771

Genre

Influences
Miguel de Cervantes


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 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. ...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 can't help suspecting, that there is, or may be some regurgitation from the bath into the cistern of the pump. In that case, what a felicate beveridge is quaffed by the drinkers; medicated with the sweat and the dirt, and dandriff; and the abominable of various kinds, from twenty different diseased bodies, parboiling in the kettle below.”
Tobias Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

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