The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
by Laurence Sterne
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Resources
This website collects a bunch of quotes from scholars about Tristram Shandy.
Patrick Wildgust, Curator of Shandy Hall, shares some opinions of his own.
Philosopher Betrand Russel takes on Tristram's assertion that he'll never be able to finish writing the story of his life.
Some scholars break down the book's language and say smart things about it:
A humorous take on the right way to read Tristram Shandy.
Up for some more reading? Check out Martin Rowson's graphic novel adaptation.
Movie or TV Productions
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.
An image of baby Tristram being baptized, post-broken nose but pre-circumcision.
Illustrations from an early edition of Tristram Shandy.
Sterne wrote most of his work in the study pictured here.
In the eighteenth century, English travelers to Europe, like Tristram, sailed from Dover to Calais.
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).
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.