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(Biographies / Sterne, Laurence (1713-1768) M, Englishnational of birth: Irish, WRITING: novelist) Laurence. 1713-68, English novelist, born in Ireland, author of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759-67) and A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy (1768)
Laurence, 1713–68, English novelist and clergyman.
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Indeed, she laughed, and said it was rather fun, "like something out of Sterne," --of such comfort is a literary reference in all seasons and circumstances,--and then she added, with a sweet look that sent the blood rioting about my heart, "It won't matter so much, will it, love, NOW?
And while the abilities of the nine-hundredth abridger of the History of England, or of the man who collects and publishes in a volume some dozen lines of Milton, Pope, and Prior, with a paper from the Spectator, and a chapter from Sterne, are eulogized by a thousand pens -- there seems almost a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them.
His tricks he had mostly at second- hand, and mainly from Sterne, whom I did not know well enough then to know their origin.
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