An Introduction

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker is the last book by Tobias Smollett. Many consider it his best and funniest. I wouldn’t know. I haven’t read it yet. (That’s why I built this ebook.)

Tobias Smollett

(19 March 1721 – 17 September 1771) Scottish poet, author, and surgeon (seriously, look it up). One of the first best-selling authors. The man loved class-based satire. Which is why he wrote picaresque novels. Like this one.

About this ebook

This is a prototype of what ebooks should be. It doesn’t use every new-fangled technique or javascript library out there (though it does use a few), nor does it make everything social for you to share on every social network with the click of a button (though you could build tools to do so with the API). This is partially because I’m not great at code, I’m a content strategist, but mostly because this book is for reading. If you want to read from cover to cover, Quiet Mode is built for that. But if you want to engage in more textual analysis, Explore Mode has a few interesting and (I think) sensible tools engage with the text and the world.

Not everything works, sometimes the UI is strange or the code is broken. But that’s the point: push the boundaries of what it means to be a digital book while always caring for the most fundamental part of all books: let you, the reader, engage with its contents.

This is not an attempt to create the best way to read all books. Books are diverse creatures, books differ in their voices, contents, and goals. The goal of this book is more humble: it is merely trying to create one of the best ways to read this story. No more, no less. [Read the Blog Post]

API [Experimental]

You bet your boots this book has an API. You think a nearly 250-year-old novel doesn’t deserve an API when even the new ones don’t? Well you’re wrong. Outputs JSON, JSONP, and XML. [API Docs]

About the text

The source of the text for this book is from Project Gutenberg. I have cleaned up some of the typographic elements such as extraneous line breaks, apostrophes, and quotation marks, but have kept the typographic choices close to the original. I haven’t exported the updated text into any common ebook formats (yet). [License and Copyright]

Browser compatibility

While you can use any web browser to read the book, several of the extra tools in Explore mode requires a modern browser.

Roadmap

A few more changes are slated for upcoming releases including: a more complete biography of Tobias Smollett, examples in API documentation, Character biographies in the API, and filling in missing location data.

Colophon

This book is set in Old Standard TT, Vollkorn, and Entypo using Lettering.js, Compass, and your web browser.

Other awesome technologies used to create this ebook: Symphony CMS, d3.js, and jQuery.

Table of Contents

  1. To Mr HENRY DAVIS, Bookseller, in London.
  2. To the Revd. Mr JONATHAN DUSTWICH.
  3. To Dr LEWIS.
  4. To Mrs GWYLLIM, house-keeper at Brambleton-hall.
  5. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
  6. To Mrs JERMYN at her house in Gloucester.
  7. To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
  8. To Dr LEWIS.
  9. To Miss LYDIA MELFORD.
  10. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
  11. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
  12. To Dr LEWIS.
  13. To Miss LETTY WILLIS, at Gloucester
  14. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
  15. To Dr LEWIS. BATH, April 23.
  16. To Miss WILLIS at Gloucester. BATH, April 26.
  17. To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
  18. To Mrs GWYLLIM, house-keeper at Brambleton-hall.
  19. To Dr LEWIS.
  20. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
  21. To Dr LEWIS.
  22. To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
  23. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
  24. To Dr LEWIS.
  25. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
  26. To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
  27. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
  28. To Dr LEWIS.
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  30. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
  31. To Dr LEWIS.
  32. To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
  33. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
  34. To Dr LEWIS.
  35. To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
  36. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
  37. To Dr LEWIS.
  38. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
  39. To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
  40. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
  41. To Dr LEWIS.
  42. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, of Jesus college, Oxon.
  43. To Dr LEWIS.
  44. To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall, &c.
  45. To Mrs GWYLLIM, house-keeper at Brambleton-hall.
  46. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
  47. To Dr LEWIS.
  48. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
  49. To Dr LEWIS.
  50. To Dr LEWIS.
  51. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
  52. To Dr LEWIS.
  53. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. at Oxon.
  54. To Dr LEWIS.
  55. To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
  56. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
  57. To Dr LEWIS.
  58. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
  59. To Dr LEWIS.
  60. To Mrs GWYLLIM, house-keeper at Brambleton-hall.
  61. To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
  62. To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
  63. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. at Oxon.
  64. To Dr LEWIS.
  65. To Mrs GWILLIM, house-keeper at Brambleton-hall.
  66. To Dr LEWIS.
  67. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
  68. To Dr LEWIS.
  69. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. at Oxon.
  70. To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
  71. To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
  72. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
  73. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. of Jesus college, Oxon.
  74. To Dr LEWIS.
  75. To Dr LEWIS.
  76. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. at Oxon.
  77. To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS, at Gloucester.
  78. To Mrs JERMYN, at her house in Gloucester.
  79. To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.
  80. To Dr LEWIS.
  81. To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS, Bart. at Oxon.
  82. To Dr LEWIS.
  83. To Mrs GWYLLIM, at Brambleton-hall.
  84. To Mrs MARY JONES, at Brambleton-hall.