Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Thomas P. Walsh


During an age of unusual and eccentric authors, Laurence Sterne was undoubtedly one of the most unusual and eccentric in evidence. Although a clergyman, he wrote a book that scandalized many of the people who read it and still more of the people who did not. Although married, he openly courted several ladies at one time or another. Although acknowledged today as “sentimentalist,” he wrote biting satire upon many occasions. Although one of the more original writers of his time, he never hesitated to borrow a sermon from another if the need arose. Although possessed a highly analytic mind, he wrote a book that was noted for its digressions and lack of coherence. He was, in short, a man who seemed to contradict himself at every turn, as if he were intentionally attempting to foil would-be biographers and students of his character.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1965 Robert C. Barrier.

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