Ian Campbell Ross

Ian Campbell Ross teaches English at Trinity College Dublin, and is the author of Laurence Sterne: A Life.

Lunacies: ‘provincial genius’

Ian Campbell Ross, 23 October 2003

In the summer of 1797, William Godwin set out on a tour of the Midlands. He had hoped to visit, among others, Erasmus Darwin, but finding the naturalist away from home, Godwin asked Darwin’s wife for a letter of introduction to Robert Bage instead. To his surprise, Mary Darwin said she could not properly provide one since, though Bage was her husband’s ‘very particular...

Shandying It: Sterne’s Foibles

John Mullan, 6 June 2002

‘Tristram is the fashion,’ Laurence Sterne boasted, having just arrived in London in 1760 to taste the success of the first two volumes of Tristram Shandy. His glee seems...

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