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By T. Smollett, published 1748.

This is Smollett's first novel. In the preface the author declares his wish to arouse ‘generous indignation…against the vicious disposition of the world’. It is modelled on Lesage's Gil Blas, and is a series of episodes, told with vigour and vividness, strung together on the life of the combative, often violent hero, who is also capable of generosity and affection. It gives an interesting picture, drawn from personal experiences, of the British navy and the British sailor of the day.

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