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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman


by Laurence Sterne

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Resources


Smart Stuff

This website collects a bunch of quotes from scholars about Tristram Shandy.

Thoughts and Feelings

Patrick Wildgust, Curator of Shandy Hall, shares some opinions of his own.

Tristram Shandy Paradox

Philosopher Betrand Russel takes on Tristram's assertion that he'll never be able to finish writing the story of his life.

Getting' Wordy With It

Some scholars break down the book's language and say smart things about it:

Reading Guide

A humorous take on the right way to read Tristram Shandy.

Graphic Novel

Up for some more reading? Check out Martin Rowson's graphic novel adaptation.

Movie or TV Productions

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)

How do you film Tristram Shandy? Director Michael Winterbottom decided that the only way to do it was to make a movie about making the movie. Steve Coogan (Tristram Shandy/ Walter Shandy) and Rob Brydon (Toby Shandy) hilariously duke it out over who gets to be the hero of the tale. Gillian Anderson makes a guest appearance.



Frontespiece from Tristram Shandy, Book 3

An image of baby Tristram being baptized, post-broken nose but pre-circumcision.

Lots more illustrations

Illustrations from an early edition of Tristram Shandy.

Where the Magic Happened

Sterne wrote most of his work in the study pictured here.

Dover to Calais

In the eighteenth century, English travelers to Europe, like Tristram, sailed from Dover to Calais.

St. Vulfran's Church

St. Vulfran's Church was (and is) a popular tourist destination in Abbeville, a French town Tristram visits.


Toby was injured at the 1695 Siege of Namur, depicted in this painting by Jan van Huchtenburg (1647-1733).

Chateau de Fontainebleau

The chateau at Fontainbleau, home of French kings for seven hundred years, was another popular attraction for English tourists. Tristram, of course, says nothing about it.

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