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Laurence Sterne

(1713—1768) writer and Church of England clergyman


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(1713–68).

Novelist and humorist. Son of a low‐ranking infantry officer but educated at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he embraced Locke's philosophy and contracted tuberculosis, Sterne was ordained and collated to a Yorkshire living (1738). Tristram Shandy (1759) prompted applause and abuse for its sentimentality and salaciousness, though, freeing the novel from straightforward narrative, it has since been seen as begetter of ‘stream‐of‐consciousness’ writing.


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