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History of Tom Jonesby 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 squirethough 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.
A novel in which a wealthy widower's humdrum existence is shattered when he discovers a baby boy abandoned in his bed, whom he adopts and names Tom Jones, a decision he may later come to regret.
About the Author
Henry Fielding (1707 &1754) began his career as a novelist in 1740 with the publications of Shamela and then Joseph Andrews, with which he anticipates his masterpiece, Tom Jones.
Thomas Keymer is Elmore Fellow and Tutor in English at St. Anne's College, Oxford.
Alice Wakely teaches at the University of York.
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