The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle is a picaresque novel by the Scottish author Tobias Smollett (1721 – 1771), first published in 1751, and revised and reissued in 1758. It is the story of the fortunes and misfortunes of the egotistical dandy Peregrine Pickle, and it provides a comic and caustic portrayal of 18th century European society.
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“We know that their adventures are childish. They themselves are fools. They are ready to kill or be killed over a card-game in which an opponentor they themselveswas cheating. Yet, thanks to such fellows, tragedies are possible.”
—Jean Genet (19101986)