Henry Fielding - Tom Jones (2nd Hand Paperback)
Number 5 in The Guardian's 100 Best Novels.
. . . Indeed, his populous novel overflows with a marvellous assortment of prudes, whores, libertines, bumpkins, misanthropes, hypocrites, scoundrels, virgins, and all too fallible humanitarians.
At the centre of one of the most ingenious plots in English fiction stands a hero whose actions were, in 1749, as shocking as they are funny today.
Expelled from Mr Allworthy's country estate for his wild temper and sexual conquests, the good-hearted foundling Tom Jones loses his money, joins the army, and pursues his beloved across Britain to London, where he becomes a kept lover and confronts the possibility of incest.
Tom Jones is rightly regarded as Fielding's greatest work, and one of the first and most influential of English novels.
This carefully modernized edition is based on Fielding's emended fourth edition text and offers the most thorough notes, maps, and bibliography.
The introduction uses the latest scholarship to examine how Tom Jones exemplifies the role of the novel in the emerging eighteenth-century public sphere.
- Format : Very Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
- Category : Fiction - Classics
- Published : 1749 (This Edition 2008 - Oxford University Press)
- ISBN : 9780199536993
- SKU : B002357
- PPC : SP800gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"Tom Jones, however, might have been made for the screen. Never mind its numerous chapters and teeming cast of misfits and scoundrels, the central character is an attractively unbridled young man of fierce temper and unrestrained sexuality who pursues true love through contemporary Britain in a sequence of scandalous and hilarious adventures. Published in the mid-18th century, Tom Jones is a classic English novel that captures the spirit of its age . . . " - The Guardian.
Henry Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his earthy humour and satire. His comic novel Tom Jones is still widely appreciated. He and Samuel Richardson are seen as founders of the traditional English novel.