Tom Jones

Tom Jones

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Fielding's comic work of 1749 was immediately attacked as "A motley history of bastardism, fornication, and adultery". Indeed, his populous novel overflows with a marvellous assortment of prudes, whores, libertines, bumpkins, misanthropes, hypocrites, scoundrels, virgins, and all too fallible humanitarians. At the centre of one of the most ingenious plots in English fiction stands a hero whose actions were, in 1749, as shocking as they are funny today. Expelled from Mr Allworthy's country estate for his wild temper and sexual conquests, the good-hearted foundling Tom Jones loses his money, joins the army, and pursues his beloved across Britain to London, where he becomes a kept lover and confronts the possibility of incest. "Tom Jones" is rightly regarded as Fielding's greatest work, and one of the first and most influential of English novels. This modernized edition is based on Fielding's emended fourth edition text and offers thorough notes, maps, and a bibliography. The introduction examines how "Tom Jones" exemplifies the role of the novel in the emerging eighteenth-century public sphere.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 959 pages
  • 115.82 x 185.67 x 42.16mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 2 maps, bibliography
  • 0192831100
  • 9780192831101

About Henry Fielding

John Bender is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is author of Spenser and Literary Pictorialism and Imagining the Penitentiary: Fiction and Architecture of Mind in Eighteenth-Century England, co-editor of The Ends of Rhetoric and Chronotypes: The Construction of Time, and associate editor of The Columbia History of the British Novel. Simon Stern is completing a study of literary property and professional authorship in eighteenth- century England, focusing on Henry and Sarah Fielding.show more

Review Text

The story of a foundling child and his picaresque journey which leads to the discovery of his true parentage, this is a marvellous bawdy comedy that gallops along at a great rate. And it's better than the film, because it stars Fielding himself. (Kirkus UK)show more

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