Tobias Smollett (1721-1771) was not only a novelist but also a playwright, poet, journalist, historian, travel writer, critic, translator and editor. Trained as a physician, he believed that what was externally visible signified and gave definition to what could be known about the private, interior life. His fiction is therefore distinguished by its intensely visual qualities. Tobias Smollett: Novelist reads these qualities in Smollett's novels as exercises of a visual imagination.
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