Monday, July 31, 2006

Sterne on Evil Speaking

At First Things, Anthony Sacramone comments on the cinematization of Tristram Shandy, giving an extensive selection from Sterne's sermon "Evil Speaking".

For those interested in sermons by Sterne, one of Sterne's sermons on self-deception ("Hezekiah and the Messengers") is up at Houyhnhnm Land. It was perhaps Sterne's crowning sermon, delivered at the Ambassador's Chapel in Paris before an audience that included Diderot, d'Holbach, and David Hume. One wonders what such an audience thought of it.

Most of his sermons, though, were delivered at St. Michael's in Coxwold, where he was vicar. Sterne's Coxwold has some pictures and comments on the area.

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