Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

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A novel by T. Smollett (1751, revised edn 1758).

The hero is a scoundrel and a swashbuckler, with little to his credit except wit and courage; and the book is mainly occupied with his adventures in England and on the Continent, many of them of an amatory character. In the course of these he visits Paris, is imprisoned in the Bastille, visits the Netherlands, hoaxes the physicians of Bath, sets up as a magician, endeavours to enter Parliament, is confined in the Fleet and released on inheriting his father's property, finally marrying Emilia Gauntlet, a young lady whom he has from the outset of the story intermittently pursued with his attentions.

The novel contained many savage caricatures of, for instance, Fielding as Mr Spondy, Garrick as Marmozet, and Akenside as the Doctor.

Subjects: Literature.

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