This section of the Laurence Sterne Trust website will provide digital images of manuscripts and rare printed material relating to Sterne’s life and writings. Where appropriate this material will be fully annotated.

The first series of documents describes Sterne’s activities as a clergyman in Coxwold. It is currently planned to upload early biographies and obituaries; an account by a Grand Tourist of meeting Sterne in Italy, which contains unique details of Sterne’s physical appearance, manner of dress, and idiosyncratic behaviour; and details of an unrecorded dramatisation of Tristram Shandy, performed in North America early in the nineteenth century.

Death of ‘tristram shandy’, pauper 19 September 1768

19 Sept 1786 On this day died “tristram shandy”, a tiny baby taken into St Martin’s Workhouse, London on 11 Sept 1786                 St. Martin’s Pauper Biographies Project St Martin’s Workhouse registers

Arthur H Cash 1922 – 2016

Obituary of Arthur H. Cash, definitive Sterne Biographer, who helped restore Shandy Hall Read the rest of this entry »

A New Acquisition

Thomas Stothard, R.A. (1755-1834) was the third English artist, after William Hogarth and Michael Angelo Rooker, to produce illustrations to a published edition of Tristram Shandy. In 1781 Harrison & Co of Paternoster Row printed eight engravings after his designs … Read the rest of this entry »

Julia Monkman 1931 – 2015

Julia Monkman was in at the start of the Laurence Sterne Trust. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan Starink, 12 June 1927 – 18 June 2014

The Laurence Sterne Trust records with great regret the death of Jan Starink who, with his wife Gertrude, translated The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman into Dutch. This is an edited version of the address given by W.G. … Read the rest of this entry »

Key dates in Laurence Sterne’s Life

1595/6: birth of Richard Sterne (d.18 June 1683) who was elected Archbishop of York on 28 April 1664, having been Master of Jesus College, Cambridge (7 March 1634 – ejected March 1644; reinstated 1660). He established the finances of the … Read the rest of this entry »

Sterne in Italy

This is an annotated translation of an extract from the Grand Tour diary of Georg Heinrich von Berenhorst (1733-1814), the illegitimate son of Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau. A rather unreliable German translation of the original manuscript, written in French, … Read the rest of this entry »

The first publication of ‘Tristram Shandy’

When exactly were the first two volumes of ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman’ published? Read the rest of this entry »

Letter – 16 March 1760

The offer of an Organ for Coxwold church. Read the rest of this entry »