By Laurence Sterne

Edited by means of Tim Parnell and Ian Jack

'Love is not anything with no feeling. And feeling continues to be much less with no love.'

Celebrated in its personal day because the progenitor of 'a tuition of soppy writers', A Sentimental trip (1768) has outlasted its many imitators due to the humour and mischievous eroticism that tell Mr Yorick's travels. getting down to trip to France and Italy he will get little extra than Lyons yet unearths a lot to understand, unlike modern trip writers whom Sterne satirizes within the figures of Smelfungus and Mundungus. A grasp of ambiguity and double entendre, Sterne is however as involved as his friends with exploring the character of advantage; not like different writers of soft fiction Sterne insists at the inseparability of hope and feeling.

This re-creation contains a choice from The Sermons of Mr Yorick, which make clear the worries of the adventure, The magazine to Eliza, which files Sterne's emotions as he languishes for the corporate of Eliza Draper, and A Political Romance, the satire on an area ecclesiastical squabble that used to be the catalyst for Sterne's literary career.

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Surely we're more air and fire now than ever. � B. thinks and talks on his feet more brilliantly than anyone I know. I'm always consoled by the reflection that this facility has had the effect of eroding, to the point of extinction, any allegiance he had ever felt to the truth. � In all art, the function of the ego is to drive you to the gig, then keep the van ticking over while you perform without it. Those who fail to do so are easy to identify: they all shake. � The only pure suicide is self-strangulation; everything else requires the world as an accomplice.

This is unthinkable in poetry, yet more often than not? the reader is left dry-eyed and perfectly indifferent. But to have felt nothing, and still devastate an audience; that sensation is probably as close to divinity as we will get. � Man is only a biological interlude in a much longer narrative, but knowing the fact of his intermediacy between the mineral and the bodiless seraphim makes his condition a sentence, a term. No wonder we count the days the way we do. � Cioran talks of the shame of not being a musician.

Aphorisms all turn out so... generic; they all sound as if they were delivered by the same disenfranchised, bad- tempered minor deity. � The aphorism is the rational articulation of a fleeting hysteria. � S. has written a comprehensive book of aphorisms. even those on which he had no opinion, until that very moment. � How many aphorists does it take to change a lightbulb? How many aphorists does it take to change a lightbulb? And so on with our little antipoetry, our ear to the strongbox of the line while we work the combinations, trying the italics on one word, then the next, until we hear something weaken inside...

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