Laurence Sterne


Laurence Sterne in Cyberspace

This page is maintained by Masaru Uchida.

Last Modified: April 14, 2018

Japanese version is here.


Project Gutenberg e-texts of Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey

Oxford Text Archive e-texts of Tristram Shandy [Vol. 1] [Vol. 2] [Vols. 1-9 of 1962 ed.], A Sentimental Journey [Vol. 1] [Vol. 2] [Vols. 1-2 of c1890 ed.], The Sermons of Mr. Yorick [Vol. 1] [Vol. 2], A Political Romance, The Abuses of Conscience, Letters from Yorick to Eliza, Letters of the Late Rev. Mr. Laurence Sterne [Vol. 1] [Vol. 2] [Vol. 3], and The Beauties of Sterne

The Tristram Shandy Web (IULM University of Milan)

"The Tristram Shandy Web is a critical edition of the text in a digital version. Starting from Sterne's original print edition -- whose layout we intentionally preserved unaltered -- we aim at showing its complexity in accordance with the advantages of hypertext format. . . . The Tristram Shandy Web is not only a forum of discussion opened to everyone in the World Wide Web environment, but mainly a new critical edition of the text. . . . [Y]ou are most welcome to send your personal contribution to the editorial board of The Tristram Shandy Web."

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent. (Gifu University)

An HTML version of the whole text, with hyperlinks to each chapter and the key passages.

Tristram Shandy on Hypertext (Swarthmore College)

A hypertext version of volumes 1 and 2, with extensive linkings of characters, themes, and extraneous information.

The First Editions of Tristram Shandy Available as Digital Books

The First Editions of A Sentimental Journey Available as Digital Books

The digitized early editions of Sterne's other works (including sermons and letters) are listed on another page.

Search Eighteenth-Century Book Tracker for "sterne", "yorick", "tristram shandy", and "sentimental journey".

A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (IULM University of Milan)

A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick [PDF] (The University of Oregon)

A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (

A Hyper-Concordance to the Works of Laurence Sterne (Nagoya University)

Web-based KWIC concordances to Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey.

The Sermons of Mr. Yorick [Vol. 1] [Vol. 2] (ECCO-TCP, University of Michigan)

A Political Romance (IULM University of Milan)

A satirical pamphlet Sterne wrote just before he started working on Tristram Shandy. The satire is aimed at conflicts of interest within the York Minster.

Letters from Yorick to Eliza (IULM University of Milan)

Sterne's love letters to Eliza Draper, a married woman younger than him by 31 years. The letters were published after Sterne's death. A collection of forged letters from Eliza to Sterne was soon published. This site also offers a side-by-side view of both texts.

The Journal to Eliza and Various Letters (ed. Wilbur L. Cross [1904]) (Internet Archive)

Books and Journals on Laurence Sterne

The Shandean

"THE SHANDEAN has been established as an international scholarly journal for the critical and historical investigation of all aspects of the work and life of LAURENCE STERNE."

Volumes 1-24 of The Shandean were published by The Laurence Sterne Trust. Future volumes (after volume 25) will be published by The International Laurence Sterne Foundation.

The Cambridge Companion to Laurence Sterne

"This Companion is the first collection of essays to analyse the full range of Sterne's published output, including A Political Romance and The Sermons of Mr. Yorick, in its historical and cultural context."

A Sentimental Journey and Continuation of the Bramine's Journal

Volume VI of the Florida Edition of the Works of Laurence Sterne.

The Letters of Laurence Sterne: Part One, 1739-1764

Volume VII of the Florida Edition of the Works of Laurence Sterne.

The Letters of Laurence Sterne: Part Two, 1765-1768

Volume VIII of the Florida Edition of the Works of Laurence Sterne.

The Miscellaneous Writings and Sterne's Subscribers, an Identification List

Volume IX of the Florida Edition of the Works of Laurence Sterne.

Search Google Books for "laurence sterne", "tristram shandy" and "sentimental journey".

After the search, if you choose the "Full view books" option and search again, you may have access to some 18th- and 19th- century rare books in PDF format.

Search Internet Archive for "laurence sterne", "tristram shandy" and "sentimental journey".

Search Google Scholar for "laurence sterne", "tristram shandy" and "sentimental journey".

Adaptations of Sterne's Works

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

A comic-book version by Martin Rowson.

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (from The Internet Movie Database)

Information on the movie directed by Michael Winterbottom. You can search YouTube for some clips from the movie. See also the entry on the movie in British Films Directory. The DVD of the movie is available in Region 1 and Region 2 formats.

BBC - Radio 4 - Tristram Shandy

A radio drama version of Tristram Shandy, adapted by Graham White and aired on BBC Radio 4 from January 31st to February 11th, 2005. Re-broadcast and streamed on BBC Radio 4 Extra from April 9th to 20th, 2018.

Tristram Shandy: A Sentimental, Shandean Bagatelle, in Two Acts (ECCO-TCP)

Leonard MacNally's theatrical adaptation of Tristram Shandy, published in London in 1783.

Tristram Shandy - Gent

Tim Robertson's theatrical adaptation of Tristram Shandy, which was first performed in Sydney in 1981.

Tristram Shandy: Gentleman

Callum Hale's theatrical adaptation of Tristram Shandy, performed in London in 2014.

Tristram Shandy: Live in London! (Reviewed by Jessica Davidson)

Will Dalrymple's theatrical adaptation of Tristram Shandy, performed in London in 2017. First performed in Cambridge as Tristram Shandy: Live at the ADC! (2015).

Tristram Shandy: Practical Project 2009 (The University of York)

A musical entertainment based on Tristram Shandy, performed by the music students of the University of York from November 18th to 20th, 2009.

"The Black Page" (2009), "Emblem of My Work" (2011) and "Paint Her to Your Own Mind" (2016) (The Laurence Sterne Trust)

Art exhibitions held at Shandy Hall.

Full Stop (The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman) (Artwork by Scott Myles, 2008)

An etching based on a microscope photograph of the full stop that ends the last sentence of Tristram Shandy.

Naxos AudioBooks: Tristram Shandy

An abridged audiobook version read by John Moffatt

Penguin Audiobooks: Tristram Shandy

Another abridged audiobook version read by Steven Pacey

Naxos AudioBooks: Tristram Shandy (Unabridged)

An unabridged audiobook version read by Anton Lesser

RNIB: Tristram Shandy (Unabridged)

Another unabridged audiobook version read by Peter Barker. Available via iTunes.

Naxos AudioBooks: A Sentimental Journey (Unabridged)

An unabridged audiobook version read by Anton Lesser

Study Guides

SparkNotes: Tristram Shandy (from SparkNotes: Literature Study Guides)

CliffsNotes: Tristram Shandy (from CliffsNotes)

Tristram Shandy: Critical Interpretations (by Elizabeth Brunner)

A selection of excerpts from scholarly work on Tristram Shandy.

Twitter and other SNSs

Check out the Twitter and Facebook pages for The Laurence Sterne Trust.

Search Twitter for "laurence sterne", "tristram shandy", and "a cock and bull story".

Search Tumblr for "laurence sterne", "tristram shandy", and "a cock and bull story".


Tristram Shandy Bibliography (by Jack Lynch)

Selected Bibliography: Laurence Sterne (by Martha F. Bowden)

Search C18-L's Selected Readings page for "sterne", "shandy" and "sentimental".

Essays and Online Books on Sterne

Sterne, and the Novel of His Times (from The Cambridge History of English and American Literature [1907-21])

Illustrations of Sterne (by John Ferriar [1798])

"Sterne and Goldsmith" from The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century (by William Makepeace Thackeray [1853])

Sterne (by H.D. Traill [1882])

The Life of Laurence Sterne, Volume 1 and Volume 2 (by Percy Fitzgerald [3rd ed., 1904])

The Life and Times of Laurence Sterne (by Wilbur L. Cross [1909])

Sterne: A Study (by Walter Sydney Sichel [1910])

Sterne's Eliza (by Arnold Wright and William Lutley Sclater [1922])

The Novel as Parody (by Viktor Shklovsky [1925])

This Is Not a Hypertext, But...: A Set of Lexias on Textuality (by Michael R. Allen)

Life Writing (by Steven Connor)

Why Tristram Shandy (by Patrizia Nerozzi)

For more essays on Sterne, check out The Tristram Shandy Web and Curlie - The Collector of URLs: Sterne, Laurence.


The International Laurence Sterne Foundation

"The International Laurence Sterne Foundation was launched in the tercentenary year 2013 in the week of Sterne's birthday on 24 November at the Sterne Conference in Venice. Its purposes are to encourage study of the life and works of Laurence Sterne, and to facilitate and coordinate ways in which Sterne scholars may meet together. To these ends the Foundation publishes each year The Shandean, maintains a website and a Facebook group, e-mails a newsletter to members, and helps organise a Sterne conference every two years."

The Laurence Sterne Trust

"The Laurence Sterne Trust was established as a registered charity in 1967 in order to promote the writings of Laurence Sterne, the 18th century novelist and vicar of Coxwold. Shandy Hall is where he lived and wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy. The Trust promotes Sterne's work and international reputation through exhibitions, events and public access to the property and its collection." The Twitter page for the Laurence Sterne Trust is here.

Shandy Hall

"Shandy Hall is an Accredited Museum (No. 1580) and is owned by the Laurence Sterne Trust (Registered Charity 529593). It contains a collection of books, paintings, manuscripts, prints and ephemera relating to the writer Laurence Sterne. This collection of editions of Sterne's works (largely collected by Kenneth Monkman the founder of the Trust) is internationally recognised. Shandy Hall is open to the public on advertised days during the summer and by appointment."

Click here to view a Google Map of the Shandy Hall location.

The Good Humour Club project (by the Laurence Sterne Trust)

"The Good Humour Club project is part of the 300th anniversary celebrations of the birth of Laurence Sterne. The discovery of a minute book from 1743 in the collection at Shandy Hall of a hitherto unknown society became the inspiration for The Good Humour Club project, which will run throughout Sterne's tercentenary to May 2014."

The special website for the Good Humour Club exhibition is full of valuable information on Sterne and eighteenth-century York, including an interactive map of York in 1750.

Asterisk* (*The Centre for the Study and Development of Narrative)

"Asterisk* will be a physical centre, based at Shandy Hall, where Laurence Sterne (1713-68) wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and exploded the notion of what a narrative might be. Asterisk* will also be an online focus for narrative study and development internationally."

An Introduction to Shandy Hall, The Black Page, and A Cock and Bull Story. Reenactment Interview with Michael Winterbottom & Andrew Eaton

Short documentary films produced by the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP) at the University of York.

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time - Tristram Shandy

A BBC radio program in which the host Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Tristram Shandy.

Sterne, Laurence (from Curlie - The Collector of URLs)

Tristram Shandy (Glassgow University Library Special Collections Department)

Tristram Shandy (from The Electronic Labyrinth)

Tristram Shandy / Sentimental Journey (from A Dictionary of Sensibility)

Laurence Sterne Biography (from The Tristram Shandy Web)

Laurence Sterne (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Laurence Sterne (from TheFreeDictionary's Encyclopedia)

Laurence Sterne (from Malaspina Great Books Database)

Laurence Sterne (from The Literary Encyclopedia)

Laurence Sterne (from The History of Jesus College)

"Irony", "Literary Paradox" and "Hermeticism" (from The Dictionary of the History of Ideas)

Laurence Sterne (National Portrait Gallery)

Sterne's portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds. The National Portrait Gallery also has the marble bust by Joseph Nollekens.

Lilli Burlero (from Yet Another Digital Tradition Page)

Contains the lyrics, the musical score and a MIDI transcription of "Lillabullero," a tune whistled by Uncle Toby in Tristram Shandy.

Lillibullero (from The Tristram Shandy Web)

Maps of Namur (from Historic Cities)

This site has links to various antique maps of Namur, at the siege of which Uncle Toby in Tristram Shandy received his wound in the groin.

Marbled Pages (from The Tristram Shandy Web)

"Displayed here are some copies of the marbled pages (pp. 169 and 170) in several different first editions of Volume 3 of Tristram Shandy. Due to the nature of this particular marbling technique, it was impossible to make a second 'copy' of the same design, and thus all 4000 first edition copies of the novel contain two different marbled pages."

Google Books has some interesting marbled pages, including this one with little smily faces drawn by the reader.

Marbling (from Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books)

William Hogarth, The Analysis of Beauty (IULM University of Milan)

An HTML version of the whole text, with interactive illustrations ( [Plate 1][Plate 2] ). You can compare Hogarth's "line of beauty" with the shape of Corporal Trim's left leg (illustrated by Hogarth) in Volume 2, Chapter 17 of Tristram Shandy, where Trim reads a sermon written by Parson Yorick.

Ignatius Sancho's Correspondence with Laurence Sterne (from Ignatius Sancho: African Man of Letters)

Explanatory Remarks upon The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy: Wherein, the Morals and Politics of This Piece Are Clearly Laid Open, by Jeremiah Kunastrokius, M.D. (Oxford Text Archive)

A quasi-critical commentary on Tristram Shandy, published in 1760.

Yorick's Meditations: Upon Various Interesting and Important Subjects (Oxford Text Archive)

An imitation of Sterne by an anonymous writer, published in 1760.

Original Letters of the Late Reverend Mr. Laurence Sterne; Never Before Published (Oxford Text Archive)

Published in 1788. Most of the letters are forgeries by William Combe.

The Expanding Universe: Laurence Sterne, from A Dream (from The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The 18th Century)

An extract from the "Fragment inédit," attributed to Sterne by Paul Stapfer, a 19th-century French scholar.

The Unknown World (IULM University of Milan)

An anonymous poem once attributed to Sterne, which was published in vol. 13 (July 1743) of The Gentleman's Magazine.

"our friend poor Oswald is no more" (from Ayrshire History)

The death of George Oswald, a young man who was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis, as recorded by Sterne in his letters to his acquaintances.

"Sterne's Post-Mortem Journey" (from Legacies: UK History Local to You)

"Shandy Hall" and "Laurence Sterne" (BBC News: York and North Yorkshire)

"Giants of History Find a Place to Rest in Coxwold", "Quiet Reflections on a Quiet Retreat [Coxwold]", "A Church Where Laurence Sterne Once Preached [Sutton-on-the-Forest]" and "Town of Thieves? Don't Make Me Laugh! [Stillington]" (from Gazette & Herald)

Articles on the villages where Sterne was Vicar.

Literary York (from Visit York)

Metalepsis (from Sylva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric)

Laurence Sterne (from Bartlett's Familiar Quotations)

Search "Shandy" and "Sentimental Journey" in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable


George P. Landow's Hypertext and Hypermedia Overview

Hypertext (from Literary Resources on the Net)

George P. Landow's The Cyberspace and Critical Theory Overview

Eastgate Systems Home Page

18th-Century Studies

The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC)

Eighteenth-Century Book Tracker

Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Text Creation Partnership (ECCO-TCP)

C18-L Home Page

Jack Lynch's Eighteenth-Century Resources

International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Eighteenth-Century Book Reviews Online

The Dictionary of the History of Ideas [Vol. 1][Vol. 2][Vol. 3][Vol. 4]

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time - Archive by Era: 18th Century

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