The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling

The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling

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by Henry Fielding
     
 

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The 1700s were unique and colorful, even to those living during that century -- more violent, energetic and creative than earlier centuries.

It was an era that fit Tom Jones, one of nature's heroes, to a tee. He had great appeal, mixing kindness, warmth and generosity with high spirits and impulsiveness, the results of which led him into

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Part Two Of Two Parts

The 1700s were unique and colorful, even to those living during that century -- more violent, energetic and creative than earlier centuries.

It was an era that fit Tom Jones, one of nature's heroes, to a tee. He had great appeal, mixing kindness, warmth and generosity with high spirits and impulsiveness, the results of which led him into social predicaments and moral dilemmas. Tom's adventures, first in one part of England, then in another, give us a vivid picture of that country in the mid-18th century, and also entertains us along the way.

"Puts us in close companionship with of the most generous and vigorous spirits in English literature, as well as one of the wisest and wittiest." (Elizabeth Drew, author of The Novel)

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“Perhaps all we have a right to expect from a conscientious editor is a well-written rehash of what others have already said. But this is not all that we are here given…[Professor] Battestin can repeatedly correct the record by drawing upon the work of modern scholars… His commentary, which he supplies as notes to the text, necessarily tells us much that is well known to the specialist, but often corrects what previous editors have said and not infrequently clarifies what has never before been annotated… It is surprising that so much fresh information has been assembled for a book as well known as this.” —Fredercik W. Hilles, The Yale Review

“This edition offers a critical unmodernized text of Tom Jones. The text is critical in that it has been established by application of analytical criticism to the evidence of the various documentary forms in which the novel has appeared. It is unmodernized in that every effort has been made to present the text in as close a form to Fielding’s own inscription and final revision as the surviving documents permit, subject only to normal editorial regulations.”—The Textual Introduction

“Brave men lived before Agamemnon; and there were editions of Fielding, of a sort, before Wesleyan series began. But every previous collection is now totally supplanted…”—British Society for 18th Century Studies Newsletter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140436228
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
1024
Sales rank:
376,053
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.76(h) x 1.83(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

George Sherburn
Not the serious moral intention of the author, nor even the superb fusion of all elements, can fully account for the pleasure intelligent readers have found for two hundred years in reading Tom Jones. One must recognize as a supreme aid to the success of the book the fact that it is composed with confident directness and precision, and especially that it is written in healthy high spirits—that Fielding keenly enjoyed writing it.
Edward Gibbon
The successors of Charles the Fifth may disdain their brethren of England; but the romance of Tom Jones, that exquisite picture of human manners, will outlive the palace of the Escurial and the imperial eagle of the house of Austria.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Upon my word, I think Tom Jones is one of the most perfect plots ever planned.

Meet the Author

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) began his career as a novelist in 1740 with Shamela (written as a negative response to Richardson's Pamela). The following year, he published Joseph Andrews, with which he anticipates his masterpiece, Tom Jones. His final work, The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon, was published posthumously in 1755. Thomas Keymer is Elmore Fellow and Tutor in English at St Anne's College, Oxford. His books include Sterne, the Moderns, and the Novel (2002), and co-edited with John Mee, The Cambridge Companion to English Literature 1740-1830 (2004).

Alice Wakely completed a doctoral dissertation on Samuel Richardson at Magdalen College, Oxford, and is currently at the University of York.

Thomas Keymer is Elmore Fellow and Tutor in English at St Anne's College, Oxford. His books include Richardson's Clarissa and the 18th Century Reader (1992), Sterne, the Moderns, and the Novel (2002), and co-edited with John Mee, The Cambridge Companion to English Literature 1740-1830 (2004). Alice Wakely completed a doctoral dissertation on Samuel Richardson at Magdalen College, Oxford and is currently at the University of York. The editors have previously collaborated on the OUP World's Classics edition of Richardson's Pamela (2001).

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The History of Tom Jones, a foundling 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Edmond_Dantes More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for something along the lines of a typical Hollywood love story, keep moving. Fielding does the job of bringing realism to life without necessarily dodging the demands of literature. This book was controversial when it was released, and it isn't hard to tell why. If you do take on the task of reading this book, be warned, do not read it in public places; you will burst out into laughter and startled strangers around you.
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