The Devil upon Crutches

Title Details

Pages: 314

Trim size: 152.400mm x 228.600mm

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 01/15/2014

ISBN: 9-780-8203-4605-2

List Price: $39.95

Related Subjects

FICTION / Classics

The Devil upon Crutches

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  • Description

This is the first reprinting since the eighteenth century-and the first scholarly edition-of Tobias Smollett's translation of The Devil upon Crutches. First published in France in 1707 as Le Diable boiteux, Alain René Le Sage's novel relates the picaresque wanderings of Asmodeus, a refined, likable but decrepit devil, and Zambullo, his newfound mortal companion.

After Zambullo releases Asmodeus from a bottle, the two embark on a flight above the rooftops of Madrid. Peeking into houses, prisons, palaces, and even tombs, Zambullo witnesses one incident of treachery and self-delusion after another. Smollett's superior wit and sense of irony suited him well as translator for this novel, with its juxtaposition of realism with romance, satire with sentiment, and sexual intrigue with moral admonition.

This authoritative textual edition is based on the 1759 second edition of Smollett's translation. The extensive introduction covers such topics as the original French edition; the composition, printing, and reception of Smollett's The Devil upon Crutches; and Smollett's career as a translator. Also included are a complete textual apparatus and a guide to the now-exotic pharmaceuticals and remedies one encounters in the novel.

About the Author/Editor

Alain René Le Sage (Author)
Alain René Le Sage (1668-1747) was a French novelist and playwright. He is known for his comic novel The Devil Upon Two Sticks, his comedy Turcaret, and his novel Gil Blas.

O M Brack Jr. (Editor)
O M BRACK, JR., a professor of English literature emeritus at Arizona State University, is coauthor of Samuel Johnson's Early Biographers and coeditor of The Early Biographies of Samuel Johnson. He has edited volumes of the Works of Samuel Johnson published by Yale and is textual editor for the Georgia series the Works of Tobias Smollett. Brack is the curator of the 2009 Johnson tercentenary exhibition at the Huntington Library.

Leslie A. Chilton (Editor)
LESLIE A. CHILTON is a faculty associate in English at Arizona State University.