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Henry Fielding - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Henry Fielding, author of The History of Tom Jones; eighteenth century British Literature / English Literature
Henry Fielding   (1707 - 1754)
 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born:  April 10, 1707
Sharpham Park, Glastonbury, Somerset, England
 
Died:  October 8, 1754
Lisbon, Portugal
 
Related authors:
Daniel Defoe, Fanny Burney, John Gay, Samuel Richardson
 
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Henry Fielding - LIFE STORIES
 
 
2/28/1749     Tom Jones, for "Gentlemen and Ladies"
On this day in 1749 the publication of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones was announced in "The General Advertiser," along with an apology: "It being impossible to get Sets bound fast enough to answer Demand for them, such Gentlemen and Ladies as please, may have them sew'd in Blue Paper and Boards, at the Price of 16s. a Set, of A. Millar over against Catharine-street in the Strand."
3/17/1740     Fielding & Cibber
On this day in 1740, writing as Captain Hercules Vinegar, Henry Fielding summoned poet laureate Colley Cibber (portrait) to court, charged with the murder of the English language. Fielding was a lawyer (soon, a Justice of the Peace) and a notorious wag; Cibber was a joke to many, not least for his rewrite of Shakespeare's Richard III: the murder charge would have been popular.
8/2/1740     "Rule, Britannia!"
On this day in 1740 James Thomson's masque, Alfred the Great was first produced, in an open-air performance before the Prince and Princess of Wales. Amid the lessons on Alfred's greatness and the prophetic visions of future glory were seven songs; one of them, "Rule, Britannia!," was immediately popular, and is still the unofficial national anthem.
8/4/1749     Tom Jones, Fielding, Richardson
On this day in 1749 Samuel Richardson fired another volley in his feud with Henry Fielding, in this instance the opinion that Fielding's popular hit, The History of Tom Jones, could only have been written by one "too prescribing, too impetuous, too immoral, I will venture to say, to take any other Byass than that a perverse and crooked Nature has given him; or Evil Habits, at least, have confirm'd in him."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Amelia
fiction
 
Joseph Andrews and Shamela
fiction
 
Tom Jones
fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
A Henry Fielding Companion
by Martin C. Battestin
guide
 
Henry Fielding: A Literary Life
by Harold E. Pagliaro
biography
 
The Life of Henry Fielding: A Critical Biography
by Ronald Paulson
biography
 
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An essay that explores the theme of morality in Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones, Shamela, and Amelia.

"... it would seem that Fielding's basic moral messages remained the same throughout these works. His main message is that marriage should always be for love, and this remains constant throughout. He also proclaims the benefits of chastity, but appears to attach less importance to this as his work progresses, and begins to believe repentance to be more important. He appears to become more tolerant of people's weaknesses and more willing to accept that people are sometimes ruled by their passions, which causes them to act in a way which is contrary to their basic moral code. Overall, Fielding conveys his moral messages in a subtle, entertaining and mainly consistent manner."
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Find electronic texts of Amelia, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon, A Journey From This World to the Next, and The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great.
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