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A Week in Literary History

March 18th, 2002

In 1721, Scottish novelist Tobias Smollett (The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, 1771) is born in Dalquhurn, Dumbartonshire.

Tobias Smollett. b. March 18, 1721, d. 1771

smollett23.jpgDuring his lifetime (and afterwards), Smollett had the misfortune of being placed in competition with Henry Fielding, and his reputation suffered as a result. But Smollett’s novels, especially Humphry Clinker, his masterpiece, are lively, quirky creations, full of memorable characters and a healthy dose of social satire, and informed by Smollett’s broad experience of the world. The episode in Humphry in which the title character’s true parentage is revealed is brilliant, far surpassing Fielding’s similar revelation in Tom Jones.

Suggested Reading Novels Roderick Random, 1748. Peregrine Pickle, 1751. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, 1771. Other Travels in France and Italy, 1766.

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