Amelia

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Henry Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the popular novel Tom Jones. He was sincerely designed to promote the cause of virtue, and to expose some of the most glaring evils, as well public as private, which then infested the country. Amelia is a domestic novel taking place largely in London and describes the hardships suffered by a a young couple newly married. It is widely believed that Amelia was modelled after Fielding's ...
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Overview

Henry Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the popular novel Tom Jones. He was sincerely designed to promote the cause of virtue, and to expose some of the most glaring evils, as well public as private, which then infested the country. Amelia is a domestic novel taking place largely in London and describes the hardships suffered by a a young couple newly married. It is widely believed that Amelia was modelled after Fielding's own wife, Charlotte Craddock, and that the novel contains autobiographical elements.
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"Henry Fielding called Amelia his 'favourite Child' but the readers who loved Tom Jones, on the lookout for more jokes from this author, found the child unfunny and refused to take her in. Linda Bree's new edition of the novel creates an important opening for fresh appraisal of this innovative and challenging work. It is generously and lucidly annotated, with a discriminating introduction taking balanced account both of the historical context and most recent critical discourse. A superb addition to our resources for the study of the early modern novel as well as of Fielding." — Thomas Lockwood, University of Washington
"Amelia, Fielding's last and in some ways greatest novel, gives us marriage as epic adventure, fraught with perils and blessed with pleasures, and Linda Bree thankfully gives us a new and authoritative edition. The text is well edited and annotated, Bree's introduction superb, and the maps, glossary, and appendices all very useful." — Adam Potkay, William R. Kenan Professor of Humanities, The College of William & Mary
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781248757543
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2012
  • Pages: 676
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Fielding was born in Somerset in 1707, of an aristocratic family, and educated at Eton and in the law at London. Disputed inheritance leaving him short of money, he sought a living as a playwright, writing 25 plays between 1728 and 1737, across a wide generic range, though his biggest successes were satirical, notably The Tragedy of Tragedies (1730-1). This career was cut short by the introduction of theatre censorship, and Fielding both continued his legal studies and edited comic-political journals. A gift for parody led him to start writing novels in response to the huge success of Richardson's Pamela, Joseph Andrews (1742) openly referring to the former. It was followed by Jonathan Wild, Tom Jones and Amelia; the four have earned Fielding the reputation of 'the father of the modern novel'. They are characterised by scathing social critique, impatience with hypocrisy, literary incompetence and pretension, and ambitious but scrupulous plotting. Fielding was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Middlesex and Westminster in 1748, and many of his later works are essays connected with the social abuses he sought to counter in that post; he was also responsible for establishing Britain's first police force. Henry Fielding died in 1754 in Lisbon, where he had travelled for his health.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Henry Fielding: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Amelia
Appendix A: From Alexander Pope, "Essay on Man"
Appendix B: Samuel Johnson: The Rambler, no. 4
Appendix C: From Covent-Garden Journal
Appendix D: "The History of Mrs Bilson", from Sarah Fielding, The Countess of Dellwyn
Select Bibliography

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