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By Laurence Sterne

A Sentimental Journey is a singular with out a plot, a trip with out a vacation spot. It files the adventures of the amiable Parson Yorick, as he units off on his travels via France and Italy, relishing his encounters with all demeanour of fellows and women-particularly the gorgeous ones. Sterne's story swiftly strikes clear of the narrative of go back and forth to turn into a sequence of dramatic sketches, ironic incidents, philosophical musings, recollections, and anecdotes; sharp wit is blended with gaiety, irony with delicate feeling. With A Sentimental Journey, in addition to his masterpiece, Tristram Shandy, Sterne solid a really unique type and confirmed himself because the first of the stream-of-consciousness writers.

This new Penguin Classics version gains an advent that discusses the radical on the subject of Sterne's different writing and areas it in the context of "sentimental" literature. additionally integrated are a chronology, feedback for additional examining, and entire explanatory notes.

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Gesellschaftliches Leben Seit der Revolution des Jahres 1789 hatte Paris deutsche Schriftsteller, Gelehrte, Publizisten und Denker angezogen. Als größte Metropole des europäischen Kontinents entwickelte die Stadt nicht nur im Bereich des politischen Diskurses eine ungeheure Dynamik, auch die technischen Neuerungen des Industriezeitalters, die innovative (und zugleich zerstörerische) Kraft des Kapitals, das in den Banken und an der Börse der französischen Hauptstadt akkumuliert, verwaltet und vermehrt wurde, bedingten gesellschaftliche Wandlungsprozesse, mit denen die Intellektuellen der Zeit sich in ihren Schriften auseinandersetzten.

Juni in Heiligenstadt der Übertritt zum evangelischen Glauben. Der Dichter, der bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt den Vornamen Harry führte (nach einem britischen Geschäftsfreund seines Vaters), nahm die christlichen Taufnamen Johann Christian Heinrich an. Diese Konversion hat in der Forschung viel Beachtung gefunden und ist bis in die Gegenwart kontrovers bewertet worden. (Schlingensiepen 1998) Nach der Rücknahme des preußischen Emanzipationsediktes von 1812 und vor dem Hintergrund eines zunehmenden Antisemitismus bezweckte Heine mit diesem Schritt wohl, seine Ausgangssituation für eine jener Laufbahnen im Staatsdienst zu verbessern, die für einen Juristen naheliegend waren.

In den Jahren 1822 und 1823 hat Heine sich als Sekretär und Lehrer, aber auch mit Beiträgen für die Zeitschrift am Wirken des Vereins beteiligt. Nach seinem Weggang aus Berlin (Salomon Heine drängte seinen Neffen zum Abschluss des Studiums und sah – wie Heines vielfältige Tätigkeiten belegen – die preußische Universitätsstadt hierfür als wenig geeignet an), blieb der Kontakt zu einzelnen Mitgliedern des Vereins zwar bestehen, aber sein Engagement für die Ziele der Gruppierung ließ nach und erlosch schließlich ganz.

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