The Adventures of Telemachus, the Son of Ulysses

François de Salignac de La Mothe Fénelon
Translated by Tobias Smollett
Introduction and notes by Leslie A. Chilton
Text edited by O M Brack Jr.

The Adventures of Telemachus is the first critical edition of Tobias Smollett's 1776 translation of Bishop Fénelon's 1699 "mirror for princes," written especially for Duc de Burgogne, heir presumptive to Louis XIV.

Both in its original French and its many translations, The Adventures of Telemachus was one of the most popular and revered works of the eighteenth century. There were more than ten English prose and poetry versions, including this masterful prose translation by Smollett. Known for his novels Roderick Random and The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, Smollett was also a gifted translator. The Adventures of Telemachus was his final translation and is one of the finest versions of the work. Long a disputed title in the Smollett canon, it is fully restored to his credit by Leslie A. Chilton.

Works of Tobias Smollett

Page count: 432 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9


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Leslie A. Chilton is a faculty associate in English at Arizona State University.