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This is the definitive scholarly edition of Tobias Smollett’s first novel, widely regarded as one of his two masterpieces, the other being The Expedition of Humphry Clinker. Roderick Random was also, in its time, the chief rival to Henry Fielding’s comic novel Tom Jones.

Surging with verbal, sexual, and martial energy, The Adventures of Roderick Random opens a window on life, love, and war in the eighteenth century. The hero battles his way from poverty and neglect to make his mark as a doctor, writer, fighter, and lover. His adventures take us across the world, from England and France to the Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America. One of the first truly global novels, it casts light on nearly every aspect of its time—imperialism, gender relations, slavery, urban life, colonial warfare, commerce, politics, the professions, high society, and the Hogarthian underworld.

Complete with illustrations and comprehensive annotations, this is the first edition to include Smollett’s long-forgotten antiwar pamphlet, An Account of the Expedition against Carthagene in the West Indies, which was drawn from his own war experience and on which key sections of the novel are based. The editors also provide a detailed biographical and historical introduction, based on the most recent scholarship, mapping the novel’s enormous impact in its own time and its influence on the history of litera­ture over the centuries since.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxiii-lix
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  1. The Adventures of Roderick Random
  2. p. 1
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  1. Volume One
  2. pp. 1-178
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  1. The Preface
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. Apologue
  2. p. 7
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  1. The Contents of the First Volume
  2. pp. 9-15
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  1. Chapter I: Of my birth and parentage.
  2. pp. 17-19
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  1. Chapter XXII: The History of Miss Williams
  2. pp. 112-119
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  1. Volume Two
  2. pp. 179-368
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  1. The Contents of the Second Volume
  2. pp. 183-189
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  1. Chapter LXII: I read Melopoyn’s tragedy, and conceive a vast opinion of his genius——he recounts his adventures.
  2. pp. 322-328
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  1. Chapter LXIII: The continuation and conclusion of Mr. Melopoyn’s story.
  2. pp. 328-336
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  1. Appendix: "An Account of the Expedition against Carthagene"
  2. pp. 367-387
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  1. Notes to the Text
  2. pp. 389-506
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  1. Textual Commentary
  2. pp. 507-518
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  1. List of Emendations
  2. pp. 519-522
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  1. Word-Division
  2. pp. 523-524
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  1. Historical Collation
  2. pp. 525-598
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  1. Bibliographical Descriptions
  2. pp. 599-605
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 607-620
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820341286
Related ISBN
9780820321653
MARC Record
OCLC
775446358
Pages
640
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-31
Language
English
Open Access
No
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