Laurence Sterne, «A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy»
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Comic novel by Laurence Sterne, published in two volumes in 1768. The book, a combination of autobiography, fiction, and observations made by Sterne on his own travels, chronicles the journey through France of a charming and sensitive young man named Yorick and his servant La Fleur. (Though the title mentions Italy, the book ends before they reach that country.) The novel defies conventional expectations of what a travel book might be. An apparently random collection of scattered experiences, it mingles affecting vignettes with episodes in a heartier, comic mode, but coherence of imagination is secured by the delicate insistence with which Sterne ponders how the impulses of sentimental and erotic feeling are psychologically interdependent.