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This picaresque tale, first published in 1751, was Tobias Smollett’s second novel. Following the fortunes and misfortunes of the egotistical dandy Peregrine Pickle, the novel is written as a series of brief adventures with every chapter typically describing a new escapade. The novel begins with Peregrine as a young country gentleman. His mother rejects him, as do his aloof father and his dissolute, spiteful brother. Commodore Hawser Trunnion takes Peregrine under his care and raises him. Peregrine’s upbringing, education at Oxford, and journey to France, his debauchery, bankruptcy, jailing, and succession to his father’s fortune, and his final repentance and marriage to his beloved Emilia all provide scope for Smollett’s comic and caustic perspective on the Europe of his times. As John P. Zomchick and George S. Rousseau note in the introduction, “by contrasting the genteel and the common, the sophisticated and the primal, Smollett conveys forcefully the way it felt to be alive in the middle of the eighteenth century.”

The introduction provides an overview of the composition and publication history of Peregrine Pickle and discusses the novel’s critical reception over time by such figures as Lady Luxborough, Sir Walter Scott, Joseph Conrad, and George Orwell. The text of the novel uses the first edition of 1751 as copy-text while recording the second edition’s substantive variants. Included are illustrations by Thomas Rowlandson, Richard Corbould, and George Cruikshank, as well as frontispieces designed by, and engraved in the style of, Henry Fuseli. A complete textual apparatus concludes the volume.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Editorial Board, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xxiii-xxvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxvii-lxviii
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  1. The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. Volume 1
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. Chapter I
  2. pp. 23-25
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  1. Chapter II
  2. pp. 26-32
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  1. Chapter III
  2. pp. 32-34
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  1. Chapter IV
  2. pp. 34-36
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  1. Chapter V
  2. pp. 36-40
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  1. Chapter VI
  2. pp. 40-48
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  1. Chapter VII
  2. pp. 48-51
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  1. Chapter VIII
  2. pp. 51-58
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  1. Chapter IX
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. Chapter X
  2. pp. 63-66
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  1. Chapter XI
  2. pp. 66-68
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  1. Chapter XII
  2. pp. 68-71
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  1. Chapter XIII
  2. pp. 71-75
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  1. Chapter XIV
  2. pp. 75-78
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  1. Chapter XV
  2. pp. 79-83
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  1. Chapter XVI
  2. pp. 83-86
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  1. Chapter XVII
  2. pp. 86-89
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  1. Chapter XVIII
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. Chapter XIX
  2. pp. 93-97
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  1. Chapter XX
  2. pp. 97-101
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  1. Chapter XXI
  2. pp. 101-106
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  1. Chapter XXII
  2. pp. 106-110
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  1. Chapter XXIII
  2. pp. 110-112
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  1. Chapter XXIV
  2. pp. 113-116
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  1. Chapter XXV
  2. pp. 116-121
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  1. Chapter XXVI
  2. pp. 121-126
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  1. Chapter XXVII
  2. pp. 126-130
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  1. Chapter XXVIII
  2. pp. 130-134
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  1. Chapter XXIX
  2. pp. 134-137
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  1. Chapter XXX
  2. pp. 137-142
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  1. Chapter XXXI
  2. pp. 142-146
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  1. Chapter XXXII
  2. pp. 146-149
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  1. Chapter XXXIII
  2. pp. 149-153
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  1. Chapter XXXIV
  2. pp. 154-157
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  1. Chapter XXXV
  2. pp. 157-160
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  1. Chapter XXXVI
  2. pp. 160-163
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  1. Chapter XXXVII
  2. pp. 163-165
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  1. Chapter XXXVIII
  2. pp. 165-170
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  1. Volume 2
  2. pp. 171-172
  1. Chapter XXXIX
  2. pp. 173-178
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  1. Chapter XL
  2. pp. 178-182
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  1. Chapter XLI
  2. pp. 182-185
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  1. Chapter XLII
  2. pp. 185-188
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  1. Chapter XLIII
  2. pp. 189-193
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  1. Chapter XLIV
  2. pp. 193-198
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  1. Chapter XLV
  2. pp. 198-202
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  1. Chapter XLVI
  2. pp. 203-207
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  1. Chapter XLVII
  2. pp. 207-210
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  1. Chapter XLVIII
  2. pp. 210-217
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  1. Chapter XLIX
  2. pp. 217-222
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  1. Chapter L
  2. pp. 222-225
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  1. Chapter LI
  2. pp. 225-231
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  1. Chapter LII
  2. pp. 231-235
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  1. Chapter LIII
  2. pp. 235-239
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  1. Chapter LIV
  2. pp. 239-242
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  1. Chapter LV
  2. pp. 242-246
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  1. Chapter LVI
  2. pp. 246-250
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  1. Chapter LVII
  2. pp. 250-253
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  1. Chapter LVIII
  2. pp. 253-256
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  1. Chapter LIX
  2. pp. 256-259
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  1. Chapter LX
  2. pp. 259-264
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  1. Chapter LXI
  2. pp. 264-270
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  1. Chapter LXII
  2. pp. 271-273
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  1. Chapter LXIII
  2. pp. 274-276
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  1. Chapter LXIV
  2. pp. 277-280
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  1. Chapter LXV
  2. pp. 280-284
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  1. Chapter LXVI
  2. pp. 284-289
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  1. Chapter LXVII
  2. pp. 289-292
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  1. Chapter LXVIII
  2. pp. 292-297
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  1. Chapter LXIX
  2. pp. 297-301
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  1. Chapter LXX
  2. pp. 301-304
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  1. Chapter LXXI
  2. pp. 304-308
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  1. Chapter LXXII
  2. pp. 309-312
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  1. Chapter LXXIII
  2. pp. 312-315
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  1. Chapter LXXIV
  2. pp. 315-318
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  1. Chapter LXXV
  2. pp. 318-322
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  1. Chapter LXXVI
  2. pp. 323-327
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  1. Chapter LXXVII
  2. pp. 327-331
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  1. Chapter LXXVIII
  2. pp. 331-334
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  1. Volume 3
  2. pp. 335-336
  1. Chapter LXXIX
  2. pp. 337-342
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  1. Chapter LXXX
  2. pp. 342-345
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  1. Chapter LXXXI
  2. pp. 346-348
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  1. Chapter LXXXII
  2. pp. 348-352
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  1. Chapter LXXXIII
  2. pp. 353-355
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  1. Chapter LXXXIV
  2. pp. 355-360
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  1. Chapter LXXXV
  2. pp. 360-362
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  1. Chapter LXXXVI
  2. pp. 363-365
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  1. Chapter LXXXVII
  2. pp. 365-371
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  1. Chapter LXXXVIII
  2. pp. 371-450
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  1. Chapter LXXXIX
  2. pp. 451-459
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  1. Chapter XC
  2. pp. 459-465
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  1. Chapter XCI
  2. pp. 465-474
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  1. Chapter XCII
  2. pp. 474-480
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  1. Chapter XCIII
  2. pp. 480-486
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  1. Volume 4
  2. pp. 487-488
  1. Chapter XCIV
  2. pp. 489-499
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  1. Chapter XCV
  2. pp. 500-507
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  1. Chapter XCVI
  2. pp. 507-510
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  1. Chapter XCVII
  2. pp. 511-518
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  1. Chapter XCVIII
  2. pp. 518-524
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  1. Chapter XCIX
  2. pp. 524-529
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  1. Chapter C
  2. pp. 529-532
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  1. Chapter CI
  2. pp. 532-539
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  1. Chapter CII
  2. pp. 539-550
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  1. Chapter CIII
  2. pp. 551-555
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  1. Chapter CIV
  2. pp. 555-564
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  1. Chapter CV
  2. pp. 564-575
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  1. Chapter CVI
  2. pp. 576-609
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  1. Chapter CVII
  2. pp. 609-614
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  1. Chapter CVIII
  2. pp. 615-618
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  1. Chapter CIX
  2. pp. 619-623
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  1. Chapter CX
  2. pp. 623-627
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  1. Chapter CXI
  2. pp. 627-634
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  1. Chapter CXII
  2. pp. 634-638
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  1. Chapter CXIII
  2. pp. 638-640
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  1. Chapter the Last
  2. pp. 640-646
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  1. Notes to the Text
  2. pp. 647-812
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  1. Textual Commentary
  2. pp. 813-826
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  1. List of Emendations
  2. pp. 827-836
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  1. Word-Division
  2. pp. 837-842
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  1. Historical Collation
  2. pp. 843-910
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  1. Bibliographical Descriptions
  2. pp. 911-914
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 915-924
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820346588
MARC Record
OCLC
868980019
Pages
904
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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