Category Archives: Smollett (Tobias)

Smollett: Country Water over City Water

My mother is finding a necessary switch from lake water to city water psychologically difficult. Smollett’s “Humphry Clinker” helps me understand why.

Posted in Smollett (Tobias) | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

How Smollett Would React to Flint Water

Matthew Bramble in Tobias Smollett’s “Humphry Clinker” unloads about the supposedly medicinal water of Bath. Just think how he would react to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Posted in Smollett (Tobias) | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Falling Out of Love with Tom Jones

I have fallen out of love with “Tom Jones.” One reason may be because of the author’s sense of entitlement.

Also posted in Fielding (Henry) | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Into the Depths with Smollett (Don’t Ask)

My upcoming colonoscopy has me thinking about Tobias Smollett’s “Humphry Clinker.”

Posted in Smollett (Tobias) | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Everyone Has a Place at the Table

Tobias Smollett’s depiction in “Humphry Clinker” of different perspectives on social change is relevant today.

Posted in Smollett (Tobias) | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Random Reading: Intoxicant, Tranquilizer

A. S. Byatt describes narrative as “one of the best intoxicants or tranquilizers.”

Posted in Smollett (Tobias) | Tagged , , | Leave a comment


  • Literature is as vital to our lives as food and shelter. Stories and poems help us work through the challenges we face, from everyday irritations to loneliness, heartache, and death. Literature is meant to mix it up with life. This website explores how it does so.

    Please feel free to e-mail me [rrbates (at) smcm (dot) edu]. I would be honored to hear your thoughts and questions about literature.

  • Sign up for weekly newsletter

    Your email will not be shared or sold.
    * = required field

    powered by MailChimp!