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(Survey of Novels and Novellas)
0111201587-Sterne.jpg Laurence Sterne (Library of Congress) Published by Salem Press, Inc.

Laurence Sterne began his literary career with political pieces in the York-Courant in 1741. Two years later, he published a poem, “The Unknown World,” in The Gentleman’s Magazine (July, 1743). His song “How Imperfect the Joys of the Soul,” written for Kitty Fourmantel, appeared in Joseph Baildon’s Collection of New Songs Sung at Ranelagh (1765), and a four-line epigram, “On a Lady’s Sporting a Somerset,” was attributed to Sterne in Muse’s Mirror (1778). His sermons were published in three installments: two volumes in 1760, another two in 1766, and a final three volumes in 1769. A satire titled A Political Romance was published in 1759 but quickly suppressed. After Sterne’s death, Letters from Yorick to Eliza appeared in 1773, and his daughter arranged for the publication of the three-volume Letters of the Late Rev. Mr. L. Sterne to His Most Intimate Friends (1775). These volumes include an autobiographical Memoir and the Fragment in the Manner of Rabelais. In 1935, Oxford University Press published the definitive edition of Sterne’s letters, edited by Lewis Perry Curtis. The Journal to Eliza, composed in 1767, was not published until 1904.