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Author Le Sage, Alain René, 1668-1747.

Title The adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane / by Alain René Le Sage ; translated by Tobias Smollett ; edited by O M Brack, Jr. and Leslie A. Chilton
Published Athens, GA : The University of Georgia Press, ©2011


Description 1 online resource (xxix, 698 pages) : illustrations
Series The works of Tobias Smollett
Smollett, T. (Tobias), 1721-1771. Works. 1988.
Contents Machine generated contents note: Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane -- Notes to the Text -- Textual Commentary -- List of Emendations -- Textual Notes -- Word-Division -- Historical Collation
Summary Tobias Smollett, in the preface to his first novel, The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748), acknowledges the influence of Alain Rene Le Sage's L'Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane (1715-35 in four volumes) on his work. By far the most successful of "useful and entertaining" romances, Gil Blas, Smollett writes, describes "the knavery and foibles of life, with infinite humour and sagacity." "The following sheets," he adds significantly, "I have modeled on his plan."
Smollett's translation of Gil Blas appeared nine months after the publication of Roderick Random. This chronicle of a merry, philosophical young man whose adventures lead him into all levels of society from the highest to the lowest presents special problems for a translator. Smollett, without always adhering to the literal expression of the novel's language, is true to its style, spirit, and ideas. After two and a half centuries, his remains the finest translation of this humorous, satiric, and classic French novel
In his early years in London, Smollett struggled to find a way to distinguish himself through his medical practice, medical writings, poetry, and plays. None of these attempts, however, allowed him to demonstrate the full range of his personality and talents. Only when he combined his own boundless imagination with the skills he had learned from translating Gil Blas was he able to create energetic narratives filled with vivid and original characters
The Works of Tobias Smollett Alexander Pettit, General Editor Om Brack, Jr., Textual Editor
Novelist, playwright, journalist, historian, travel writer, critic, translator, editor, and compiler, Tobias Smollett (1721-71) was an eighteenth--century man of letters in the fullest sense of the phrase. Though his writing has been variously gathered together over the last two centuries, no definitive scholarly edition of Smollett's works has ever been published. The Georgia edition, though not a complete collection, includes all of those writings by which Smollett was best known in his own time and by which he is best remembered in ours
Prepared by a distinguished group of scholars, the edition conforms to the highest standards of excellence in historical and textual scholarship. Each volume provides an authoritative text, a substantial historical and critical introduction, and extensive explanatory notes. --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 17, 2018)
Subject Aristocracy (Social class) in literature.
Aristocracy (Political science) in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
FICTION -- Classics.
Aristocracy (Political science) in literature.
Aristocracy (Social class) in literature.
Social conditions.
SUBJECT Great Britain -- Social conditions -- Fiction
Subject Great Britain.
Genre/Form Fiction.
Form Electronic book
Author Smollett, T. (Tobias), 1721-1771
Brack, O. M
Chilton, Leslie A.
ISBN 9780820337326
Other Titles Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane. English