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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling( )
Author: Fielding, Henry
Fielding, Henry
Editor: Bowers, Fredson
Other: Battestin, Martin C.
Series title:Wesleyan Edition of the Works of Henry Fielding Ser.
ISBN:978-0-8195-6048-3
Publication Date:Jul 1975
Publisher:Wesleyan University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $32.95
Book Description:

The best edition available, with a critical introduction, chronology and bibliography.

Book Details
Pages:1023
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Humorous / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.5 x 8.5 Inches
Book Weight:2.75 Pounds
Author Biography
Fielding, Henry (Author)
Henry Fielding, 1707 - 1754 A succcessful playwright in his twenties, Henry Fielding turned to the study of law and then to journalism, fiction, and a judgeship after his Historical Register, a political satire on the Walpole government, contributed to the censorship of plays that put him out of business. As an impoverished member of the upper classes, he knew the country squires and the town nobility; as a successful young playwright, the London jet set; as a judge at the center of London, the city's thieves, swindlers, petty officials, shopkeepers, and vagabonds. As a political journalist (editor-author of The Champion, 1739-1741; The True Patriot, 1745-1746; The Jacobite's Journal, 1747-1748; The Covent-Garden Journal, 1752), he participated in argument and intrigue over everything from London elections to national policy. He knowledgeably attacked and defended a range of politicians, from ward heelers to the Prince of Wales.

When Fielding undertook writing prose fiction to ridicule the simple morality of Pamela by Samuel Richardson, he first wrote the hilarious burlesque Shamela (1741). However, he soon found himself considering all the forces working on humans, and in Joseph Andrews (1742) (centering on his invented brother of Pamela), he played with the patterns of Homer, the Bible, and Cervantes to create what he called "a comic epic poem in prose." His preface describing this new art form is one of the major documents in literary criticism of the novel. Jonathan Wild, a fictional rogue biography of a year later, plays heavily with ironic techniques that leave unsettled Fielding's great and recurring theme: the difficulty of uniting goodness, or an outflowing love of others, with prudence in a world where corrupted institutions support divisive pride rather than harmony and self-fulfillment.

In his masterpiece Tom Jones (1749), Fielding not only faces this issue persuasively but also shows for the first time the possibility of bringing a whole wo



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