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Encyclopedia > Christopher Anstey

Christopher Anstey (October 31, 1724 _ August 3, 1805) was an English writer and poet.

Anstey was the son of a wealthy clergyman the rector of Brinkley, Dr. Anstey in Cambridgeshire, and educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. He was best known for his series of satirical works about the adventures of the "Blunderhead" family in Bath. These were first published in 1766 under the title, The New Bath Guide.

It is said that Tobias Smollett's novel, Humphry Clinker was inspired by this work.

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Christopher Anstey [1724 - 1805] made a specialty out of poking fun at Bath and its foibles.
Another feature of interest for the modern reader is that Anstey moved in, and wrote about, polite Bath society in a slightly earlier, but nevertheless recognizably similar, condition than what we encounter in the novels of Jane Austin.
In the course of this Introduction, Anstey’s relations with Bampfylde the artist are discussed.
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