A novel by Laurence Sterne (1713-68), written after his own two journeys to the Continent. Despite the title, the narrator, Parson Yorick (on holiday here from his part in the author's Tristram Shandy), never reaches Italy. The name Yorick is derived from that of the court jester whose skull Hamlet apostrophizes in Shakespeare's play (V.i). The ‘ sentimental’ aspect of the journey derives from the narrator's desire not to sight-see as in the conventional Grand Tour, but to meet with the natives of the places he visits. Yorick himself is an emotional man, being often reduced to tears: ‘ Dear sensibility! source inexhausted of all that's precious in our joys, or costly in our sorrows!’ The parson also has a weakness for the opposite sex:
So that when I stretch'd out my hand, I caught hold of the Fille de Chambre's -
A Sentimental Journey, closing words
The second and last novel by Laurence Sterne , published shortly before his death in 1768. Sterne himself had travelled through France and...
Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), Ir. writer. The author of Tristram Shandy used this name for sermons and other writings, as well as for his Sentimental
Pietro Francesco Leopoldo Coccoluto Ferrigni (1836-1895), It. dramatic critic, writer. The writer probably adopted the name of Parson Yorick in Laur