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The Cambridge Companion to Henry Fielding

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Claude Rawson, Linda Bree, Thomas Keymer, Thomas Lockwood, Paul Baines, Jenny Davidson, Nicholas Hudson, Peter Sabor, Bertrand A. Goldgar, Jane Spencer, Pat Rogers, Charles Knight
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  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521670920

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  • Now best known for three great novels - Tom Jones, Joseph Andrews and Amelia - Henry Fielding (1707–54) was one of the most controversial figures of his time. Prominent first as a playwright, then as a novelist and political journalist, and finally as a justice of peace, Fielding made a substantial contribution to eighteenth-century culture, and was hugely influential in the development of the novel as a form, both in Britain and more widely in Europe. This collection of specially-commissioned essays by leading scholars describes and analyses the many facets of Fielding's work in theatre, fiction, journalism and politics. In addition it assesses his unique contribution to the rise of the novel as the dominant literary form, the development of the law, and the political and literary culture of eighteenth-century Britain. Including a chronology and guide to further reading, this volume offers a comprehensive account of Fielding's life and work.

    • Offers a comprehensive account of a major novelist and playwright of the eighteenth century
    • Features a guide to further reading and chronology
    • Covers not only the major works but also Fielding's context and his interests in journalism and law
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The Companion is satisfyingly complete and remarkably uniform."
    --Brian McCrea, University of Florida, The Scriblerian

    "All the essays on Fielding's fiction maintain the highest standards...Highly recommended."
    --The Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography

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    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521670920
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Introduction Claude Rawson
    1. Henry Fielding's life Linda Bree
    2. Fielding's theatrical career Thomas Keymer
    3. Shamela Thomas Lockwood
    4. Joseph Andrews Paul Baines
    5. Jonathan Wild Jenny Davidson
    6. Tom Jones Nicholas Hudson
    7. Amelia Peter Sabor
    8. Fielding's periodical journalism Bertrand A. Goldgar
    9. Fielding and female authority Jane Spencer
    10. Fielding on society, crime and the law Pat Rogers
    11. Fielding's style Claude Rawson
    12. Fielding's afterlife Charles Knight
    Guide to further reading.

  • Editor

    Claude Rawson, Yale University, Connecticut
    Claude Rawson is Maynard Mack Professor of English at Yale University, Connecticut and Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick.

    Contributors

    Claude Rawson, Linda Bree, Thomas Keymer, Thomas Lockwood, Paul Baines, Jenny Davidson, Nicholas Hudson, Peter Sabor, Bertrand A. Goldgar, Jane Spencer, Pat Rogers, Charles Knight

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