Chicken-of-the-Woods fungus on The Dead Sweet Chestnut Tree at Shandy Hall alive in the time of Laurence Sterne

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Sterne’s seeming contemporariness is perhaps as a result of the dislocated narrative of Tristram Shandy. With its use of various visual devices, its gradual publication over a period of time, it might seem a fore-runner of some of the work to be seen at the Small Publishers Fair, and the wider stream of current publishing.