Henry Fielding

Henry Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich, earthy humor and satirical prowess, particularly in the comic epic novel 'Tom Jones.' He is regarded as a key figure in the development of the English novel. Fielding was born on April 22, 1707, in Somerset, England, and began his career as a playwright. Later, he turned to writing novels, partly in response to the novels of Samuel Richardson, which he mocked in his novel 'Shamela.' His works contributed to the rise of realism in fiction and influenced later novelists such as Charles Dickens. Fielding also had a significant career in law and was appointed a justice of the peace for Westminster and Middlesex, where he was known for his efforts to reform the criminal justice system. He died in Lisbon, Portugal, on October 8, 1754.


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  1. 1. Tom Jones

    This classic novel tells the story of Tom Jones, a charming and good-hearted but impulsive young man, who is expelled from his adoptive family home due to his wild behavior and love for the beautiful Sophia Western. His journey through 18th-century England is filled with adventures, misadventures, and a colorful cast of characters, as he struggles with his identity and seeks redemption. The narrative explores themes of class, virtue, and morality, and is known for its humor, social satire, and vivid characterization.

    The 91st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Joseph Andrews

    This novel follows the journey of a young man named Joseph Andrews who travels across England to reunite with his true love, Fanny Goodwill. Along the way, he faces various obstacles and meets a variety of characters, including his mentor Parson Adams. The narrative satirizes various aspects of 18th-century society, including class distinctions, sexual morality, and the hypocrisy of the church. The story is both comedic and dramatic, combining elements of adventure, romance, and social commentary.

    The 1098th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Amelia

    "Amelia" is a novel that explores themes of marriage, fidelity, and societal expectations in 18th century England. The story revolves around a virtuous and beautiful woman, Amelia, and her husband who, despite his love for her, is easily led astray by bad company and his own weak character. The narrative provides a detailed picture of everyday life in London, along with a critique of social and legal institutions of the time.

    The 4151st Greatest Book of All Time