Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

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A foundling of mysterious parentage brought up by Mr. Allworthy on his country estate, Tom Jones is deeply in love with the seemingly unattainable Sophia Western, the beautiful daughter of the neighboring squire though he sometimes succumbs to the charms of the local girls. When Tom is banished to make his own fortune and Sophia follows him to London to escape an arranged marriage, the adventure begins. A vivid Hogarthian panorama of eighteenth-century life, spiced with danger and intrigue, bawdy exuberance and good-natured authorial interjections, Tom Jones is one of the greatest and most ambitious comic novels in English literature.

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The 86th greatest fiction book of all time

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  1. - 5th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  2. - 9th on The 100 Greatest Novels (
  3. - 15th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  4. - 22nd on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  5. - 28th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  6. - 77th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  7. - 89th on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  8. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)
  9. - The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)
  10. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)
  11. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (
  12. - W. Somerset Maugham’s Ten Greatest Novels of All Time (Great Novelists and Their Novels)
  13. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
  14. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
  15. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  16. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)

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