Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour

Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour

by Robert Smith Surtees

Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour is a delightful comic satire of the fox-hunting fraternity of the mid 19th Century. Surtees takes great pleasure in creating comic personalities and dialogue and resembles the later Pickwick Papers of Dickens, whose style may well have been influenced by Surtees. The story follows the eponymous Soapy Sponge, a Victorian freeloader and confidence trickster, who manages to work his way around the gentrified houses of southern England, fox-hunting as he goes. - Summary by Kevin Green

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Robert Smith Surtees was an English author and editor who was born in 1805. He is best remembered for his humorous novels, which were immensely popular during his lifetime and remain so to this day. H...

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