His first successes came as a playwright, and later as a jurist and journalist. After an Eton education, Fielding studied law abroad before returning home to work as a playwright. During the yearshe penned some 25 satirical plays of drama, comedy, farce and burlesque to critical and popular acclaim.
I first got interested in Tom Jones having seen John Osborne's famous adaptationstarring the young Albert Finney as the eponymous hero. That's an exceptional film. Classics often don't make good films, or only do so — such as Oliver! 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.
Fielding's classic novel “Tom Jones, the History of a Foundling” is as hilarious today as it was when it was written three centuries ago! It is the story of a babe (Tom) left abandoned. Tom tells all of his secrets to Blifil, who then relates these to Thwackum or Allworthy, thereby getting Tom into trouble. The people of the parish, hearing of Tom's generosity to Black George, begin to speak kindly of Tom while condemning Blifil for his sneakiness. An account of Henry Fielding's novel, "Tom Jones". This paper tells the story of "Tom Jones" - a novel written by Henry Fielding and published in and explains that many aspects of the author's own life are apparent within it.
Published in the midth century, Tom Jones is a classic English novel that captures the spirit of its age and whose famous characters — Squire Western, the chaplain Thwackum, the scheming Blifil, seductive Molly Seagrim and Sophia, Tom's true love — have come to represent Augustan society in all its loquacious, turbulent, comic variety.
The secret of Tom Jones was to be intimately connected to its contemporary audience. By the s, the English novel was attracting new kinds of reader and, in turn, new kinds of writer. Not only was there an explosion of print media and a booming middle-class audience, there were innovative novelists for whom this popular new genre offered the prospect of a decent living.
Many would continue to starve in Grub Street, but some had begun to make money. Samuel Johnson, famously, sold his over-earnest romance, Rasselas, to pay for his mother's funeral. Henry Fielding was typical of this new generation.
Born inhe was a wholly 18th-century man. With a classical education at Eton, family connections and a good career in the law, in which he is sometimes credited with laying the foundations of the Metropolitan police, he turned to fiction partly to fund an extravagant lifestyle and partly to engage with a stimulating contemporary audience.
Fielding was writing at a time of intense social and political change and took up his pen in response to the crises of the moment. Until the repressive Licensing Act ofhe had enjoyed a reputation as the author of satirical burlesques.
In hindsight, the English novel was an obvious new arena for his imagination, but it was literary rivalry that pushed him, in middle age, on to the path of fiction. InSamuel Richardson's Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, the tale of a young woman who becomes a great lady and finds true happiness by defending her chastity, was the London sensation of the season, an early bestseller.
Fielding's response to Pamela was complicated. He admired its success, scorned its sententious moralising, and attacked it in an anonymous parody, Shamela Thriving on the competition with Richardson, Fielding next completed his first novel, Joseph Andrewswhich began as a further parody of Pamela before finding its own narrative voice.
After this debut, following the dramas of the '45, Fielding began work on his masterpiece, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. For Coleridge, this long novel was, with Oedipus Rex and The Alchemist, one of "the three most perfect plots ever planned".
It was also highly original and deeply comic. Fielding broke away from Richardson's epistolary technique of "writing to the moment" to compose his narrative in the third person.
This engaging picaresque tale about the adventures of Tom, a high-spirited bastard, rollicking through England, was an instant hit, selling some 10, copies at a time when the population of London was only aroundOne conservative critic denounced Tom Jones as "a motley history of bastardism, fornication, and adultery", which can't have done sales any harm.
Samuel Johnson, more measured, thought that such novels were a dangerous distraction "to the young, the ignorant and the idle…", offering merely "the entertainment of minds unfurnished with ideas".“To invent good stories, and to tell them well, are possibly very rare talents,” observed Henry Fielding in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling.
Published in , Tom Jones has been hailed as one of the great comic novels of English literature and author Henry Fielding’s masterpiece. An account of Henry Fielding's novel, "Tom Jones".
This paper tells the story of "Tom Jones" - a novel written by Henry Fielding and published in and explains that many aspects of the author's own life are apparent within it.
Fielding's classic novel “Tom Jones, the History of a Foundling” is as hilarious today as it was when it was written three centuries ago!
It is the story of a babe (Tom) left abandoned. Tom tells all of his secrets to Blifil, who then relates these to Thwackum or Allworthy, thereby getting Tom into trouble. The people of the parish, hearing of Tom's generosity to Black George, begin to speak kindly of Tom while condemning Blifil for his sneakiness.
Fielding had read parts of Tom Jones to friends and circulated privately printed episodes from the novel in the autumn of The official publication date was 10 February , though Fielding. Tom Jones = The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Henry Fielding The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, often known simply as Tom Jones, is a comic novel by the English playwright and novelist Henry Fielding.
The novel is both a Bildungsroman and a picaresque novel/5.