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Henry Fielding (1707–1754)

Autore di Tom Jones

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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 mostra altro 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 world into an artistic unity, as his model Homer had done in verse. Fielding develops a coherent and centered sequence of events-something Congreve had done casually on a small scale in Incognita 60 years before. In addition he also relates the plot organically to character and theme, by which he gives us a vision of the archetypal good person (Tom) on a journey toward understanding. Every act by every character in the book reflects the special and typical psychology of that character and the proper moral response. In Tom Jones, Fielding affirms the existence of an order under the surface of chaos. In his last novel, Amelia (1751), which realistically examines the misery of London, he can find nothing reliable except the prudent good heart, and that only if its possessor escapes into the country. Fielding based the title character on his second wife, with whom he was deeply in love. However, ill himself, still saddened by the deaths of his intensely loved first wife and daughter, and depressed by a London magistrate's endless toil against corruption, Fielding saw little hope for goodness in that novel or in his informal Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon (1755). Shortly after traveling to Lisbon for his health, Fielding died at the age of 47, having proved to his contemporaries and successors that the lowly novel was capable of the richest achievements of art. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno
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Opere di Henry Fielding

Tom Jones (1749) 8,204 copie, 94 recensioni
Joseph Andrews (1742) 1,789 copie, 23 recensioni
Joseph Andrews and Shamela (1741) 1,515 copie, 9 recensioni
Jonathan Wild (1741) 526 copie, 6 recensioni
Amelia (1751) 381 copie, 5 recensioni
Tom Jones (Norton Critical Editions) (1973) 343 copie, 4 recensioni
Tom Jones (2/2) (1749) 176 copie
Tom Jones Vol 1 - 2 (1749) 149 copie
Anti-Pamela AND Shamela (1741) 103 copie, 2 recensioni
Shamela (1741) 93 copie, 3 recensioni
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Collaboratore — 61 copie
Pamela/Shamela (1980) 52 copie
Joseph Andrews (1/2) (2006) 31 copie
The Age of Enlightenment: An anthology of eighteenth-century texts: Volume 1 (1979) — Collaboratore — 27 copie, 1 recensione
Amelia (2/2) (1902) 23 copie
Joseph Andrews (2/2) (2007) 22 copie
Tom Jones [abridged] (1948) 20 copie
The Grub-Street opera (1963) 18 copie
Amelia (1/2) (1968) 17 copie
[unidentified works] (2009) 8 copie
Miscellanies (1973) 6 copie
The Female Husband (2010) 6 copie, 2 recensioni
Henry Fielding : Romans (1964) 6 copie, 1 recensione
Amelia (3/3) (1903) 4 copie
The Lovers Assistant (2010) 4 copie
Tom Jones (4/4) — Autore — 4 copie
The Mock Doctor (2004) 3 copie
Amelia (1/3) (1903) 3 copie
Amelia (2/3) (1903) 3 copie
Tom Jones (3/4) — Autore — 3 copie
Pasquin 3 copie
Farsy 2 copie
Rape Upon Rape (2019) 2 copie
Ameilia 1 copia
The Grub Street Opera (1968) 1 copia
Ton Jones 1 copia
Pasquin 1 copia
Tom Jones (2/4) — Autore — 1 copia
Tom Jones (1/4) — Autore — 1 copia
The Modern Husband (2004) 1 copia
Izbrannye sochineniia (1989) 1 copia
South Wind 1 copia
Amelia. Vol I (2008) 1 copia
The Works (2016) 1 copia
Miscellanies and poems (1872) 1 copia
Фарсы 1 copia

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Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books (1909) — Collaboratore — 524 copie, 1 recensione
English Poetry, Volume II: From Collins to Fitzgerald (1910) — Collaboratore — 515 copie, 1 recensione
Eighteenth-Century English Literature (1969) — Autore — 188 copie
Eighteenth-Century Plays (1952) — Collaboratore — 156 copie
The Adventures of David Simple (1744) — Preface, alcune edizioni144 copie, 1 recensione
British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan (1972) — Collaboratore, alcune edizioni92 copie, 1 recensione
Tom Jones (1963) — Original book — 65 copie, 2 recensioni
Eighteenth Century Plays (1954) — Collaboratore — 62 copie, 1 recensione
Modern Arthurian Literature (1992) — Collaboratore — 31 copie
A Skeleton At the Helm (2008) — Collaboratore — 30 copie, 1 recensione
Eighteenth Century Women: An Anthology (1984) — Collaboratore — 23 copie, 1 recensione
Lock Up Your Daughters, Acting Edition (1967) — Original book — 17 copie
Law in Action: An Anthology of the Law in Literature (1947) — Collaboratore — 13 copie
Englische Essays aus drei Jahrhunderten (1980) — Collaboratore — 10 copie
Great Love Scenes from Famous Novels (1943) — Collaboratore — 5 copie
Famous Stories of Five Centuries (1934) — Collaboratore — 4 copie
Joseph Andrews [1977 film] (1977) — Original book — 3 copie
Satire, burlesque, protest, and ridicule II (1974) — Collaboratore — 1 copia
Political operas I: Satire and allegory (1974) — Collaboratore — 1 copia
The medical and legal professions [ballad operas] (1974) — Collaboratore — 1 copia
Farce: amorous intrigue and deception I (1975) — Collaboratore — 1 copia


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Folio Archives 297: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding 2008 in Folio Society Devotees (Novembre 2022)


Storia di un trovatello abbandonato in circostanze misteriose dentro la dimora del buon giudice Allworthy, un ricco proprietario terriero del Somerset. "Tom Jones" segue le vicende del suo eroe durante l'adolescenza spensierata, ma insidiata dalle trame del nipote di Allworthy, il perfido Blifil e dei suoi alleati. Sensibile alle grazie femminili Tom si innamora, corrisposto, di Sophia, la figlia di un nobile vicino di casa. Cacciato infine di casa, Tom si aggira per l'Inghilterra, accompagnato dal prete Partridge, suo presunto padre. Infine tutti i personaggi si ritrovano a Londra e qui si compie il destino del trovatello.… (altro)
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Kenneth Hopkins Introduction (Tom Jones), Introduction
Martin Horder Introduction (Amelia)
Derrick Harris Illustrator (Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones)
Frank Martin Illustrator (Jonathan Wild)
Simon Brett Cover Designer (all); Illustrator (Amelia)
Harry Diamond Illustrator
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James Butler Adapted by
Claude Rawson Introduction
Tom Keymer Editor, Introduction
Louis Kronenberger Introduction
Frank Kermode Afterword
Pina Sergi Translator
Hubert Gravelot Illustrator
Siegfried Lang Translator
Fritz Göttler Afterword
Edward Gorey Cover designer
Warren Chappell Illustrator
Ralph H. Singleton Introduction
T. M. Cleland Illustrator
Marja Alopaeus Translator
Rufus Sewell Narrator
Maynard Mack Introduction
Hugh Amory Editor
J. H. Plumb Foreword
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A. R. Humphreys Introduction
George Cruikshank Cover artist
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