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Topic: Authors: Laurence Sterne

Laurence Sterne

Portrait of Laurence Sterne by Sir Joshua Reynolds in National Portrait Gallery, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Dates: 1713-1768
Nationality: British/English/Irish/European

Literary Periods: 
Age of Sensibility, 1745-1785;
Eighteenth Century, 1700-1799;
Neoclassical Period, 1660-1785

Literary Movements: 
Novel of Sentiment

Brief Biography

Bibliography of Works

Inspired by Sterne

Tristram Shandy, the movie - get it from Bates!

300 Years of Tristram Shandy - YouTube from Cambridge

A British student's thoughts -- Blog entry by Karen Harvey (note that the blog is hosted by Oxford University Press)

Patrick Wildgust in conversation with Helen Weinstein to introduce Shandy Hall, Coxwold, where Laurence Sterne wrote and lived.

Reference and Background Information

"The siege of Namur by Captn. Shandy & Corporal Trim". One of a series of illustrations to Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy.

J. Bretherton, London, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

  • Literature Resource Center [DATABASE] 
    Includes entries from Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Authors, Twayne's Authors Series, and Scribner Writers Series
  • MLA International Bibliography [DATABASE]
    Search here for Books, Journal Articles and Essays. MLA International Bibliography is the definitive literary research database, indexing the most authoritative scholarship on John Donne from books and academic journals. MLA indexes and links to the entire JSTOR literary research collection as well as linking to many other full-text providers.
  • Literature Online (LION) 
    Biographical overview, complete bibliography, journal articles, audio & video recordings, and recommended Web sites
  • Literary Encyclopedia
    Entries on the life and works of Laurence Sterne​
  • Scribner Writers Series
    Biography and critical essay on the life and works of Laurence Sterne

Primary Sources


  • Early English Books Online (EEBO) [DATABASE]
    Browse authors for Sterne, Laurence.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections (ECCO)  Online access to books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides from the 18th century. Explore some of the many references to Tristram Shandy in published boooks and poems.
  • Selected Correspondence
    The letters of the late Rev. Mr. Laurence Sterne to his most intimate friends, on various occasions / as published by his daughter Mrs. Medalle and others
  • Browse Colby Libraries materials on Sterne's Correspondence (Early Works To 1800)
  • Browse Colby Libraries materials by Laurence Sterne (including materials in Special Collections)



  • British Periodicals Online [DATABASE] 
    British Periodicals traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century to the Victorian 'age of periodicals' . This unique digital archive provides the full text of almost 500 periodical runs published from the 1680s to the 1930s. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences.
  • Burney Collection of 17th and 18th Century Newspapers [DATABASE]
    The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of 'news' and 'newspapers' and the "free press", totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles.


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