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Book Title: Joseph Andrews|
The author of the book: Henry Fielding
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780140431148
The size of the: 372 KB
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: September 29th 1977
Read full description of the books Joseph Andrews:Joseph Andrews is in part a parody of Samuel Richardson's Pamela. But whereas Richardson's novel is marked by the virtues of female chastity and the triumph of steadfast morality, Fielding's Joseph Andrews is peopled with lascivious women, thieves, hypocrites, and general fools. As we follow the characters in their travels, what unfolds is a lively panoramic satire of mid-Georgian England.
Originally the novel's full title was The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and of his Friend Mr. Abraham Adams. Written in Imitation of Cervantes, Author of Don Quixote. Cervantes' main influence is evident in Fielding's use of the picaresque, a narrative style that follows a character through his or her travels to relate the humourous and episodic adventures that are encountered. As Fielding's full title suggests, Joseph's companion on his travels is Parson Adams, an absurd character bent on publishing his sermons. In part because of its humour, Joseph Andrews has been a popular text for first-year courses, and Scanlon has normalized the capitals and italics to make it more accessible to first-year students.
Read information about the authorHenry Fielding was born in Somerset in 1707. The son of an army lieutenant and a judge's daughter, he was educated at Eton School and the University of Leiden before returning to England where he wrote a series of farces, operas and light comedies.
Fielding formed his own company and was running the Little Theatre, Haymarket, when one of his satirical plays began to upset the government. The passing of the Theatrical Licensing Act in 1737 effectively ended Fielding's career as a playwright.
In 1739 Fielding turned to journalism and became editor of The Champion. He also began writing novels, including: The Adventures of Joseph Andrews (1742), Abraham Adams (1742) and Jonathan Wild (1743).
Fielding was made a justice of the peace for Westminster and Middlesex in 1748. He campaigned against legal corruption and helped his half-brother, Sir John Fielding, establish the Bow Street Runners.
In 1749 Fielding's novel, The History of Tom Jones was published to public acclaim. Critics agree that it is one of the greatest comic novels in the English language. Fielding followed this success with another well received novel, Amelia (1751).
Fielding continued as a journalist and his satirical journal, Covent Garden, continued to upset those in power. Throughout his life, Fielding suffered from poor health and by 1752 he could not move without the help of crutches. In an attempt to overcome his health problems, Henry Fielding went to live in Portugal but this was not successful and he died in Lisbon in 1754.
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