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  • Smollett, Tobias George 1721-1771. British writer known for his adventure novels, such as Roderick Random (1748) and Peregrine Pickle (1751).

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  • n. Scottish writer of adventure novels (1721-1771)


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  • Scott compares Fielding and Smollett at some length in the _Life of Smollett_.] [Footnote 205: _Life of Le Sage_.] [Footnote 206: _Life of Richardson_.] [Footnote 207: _Life of Fielding_.] [Footnote 208: _Life of Goldsmith_.

    Sir Walter Scott as a Critic of Literature

  • What really unites Pynchon and Smollett is an essentially comic vision of the world, a worldfull of mishaps, bad luck, and evil portents, that presents itself not as an orderly arrangement of plot points but as an entirely contingent series of events -- one thing leads to another.

    What's Going On?

  • An early adaptation by Smollett of the Italian word for country retirement (Letter XXIX).

    Travels through France and Italy

  • Only the other day I learned that the majority of so-called Smollett portraits are not presentments of the novelist at all, but ingeniously altered plates of George Washington.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • True, here again are action and incident galore, but generally unaccompanied by that rough Georgian hurly-burly, common in Smollett, which is so interesting to contemplate from a comfortable distance, and which goes so far towards making his fiction seem real.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom — Complete

  • But the Grand Duke had to deal with a people such as Smollett describes.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • There was much good in Smollett which is absent in Random.

    Adventures Among Books

  • A "humorist," here, means an overbearingly eccentric person, such as Smollett, who lived much in a society of literary dependants, was apt to become.

    Adventures Among Books

  • The temporary eclipse of their fame I attribute, first to the studious depreciation of Sterne and Walpole, and secondly to a refinement of snobbishness on the part of the travelling crowd, who have an uneasy consciousness that to listen to common sense, such as Smollett’s, in matters of connoisseurship, is tantamount to confessing oneself a Galilean of the outermost court.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • The Essay on "Smollett" was in the _Anglo-Saxon_, which has ceased to appear; and the shorter papers, such as "The

    Adventures Among Books


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