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Laurence Sterne - Biography, Works


Novelist, born in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, SC Ireland. He studied at Cambridge, was ordained in 1738, and appointed to a living in Yorkshire. In 1759 he wrote the first two volumes of his eccentric and influential comic novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, which was very well received in London, the remaining volumes appearing between 1761 and 1767. From 1762 he lived mainly abroad for health reasons, publishing A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy in 1768. His Letters from Yorick to Eliza (1775–9) contained his correspondence with a young married woman to whom he was devoted.

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