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One of the great comic novels in the English language, Tom Jones was an instant success when it was published in 1749: Ten thousand copies were sold in its first year. A foundling, Tom is discovered one evening by the benevolent Squire Allworthy and his sister Bridget and brought up as a son in their household until it is time for him to set out in search of both his fortune and his true identity. Amorous, high-spirited, and filled with what Fielding called "the glorious lust of doing good" but with a tendency ...
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Overview

One of the great comic novels in the English language, Tom Jones was an instant success when it was published in 1749: Ten thousand copies were sold in its first year. A foundling, Tom is discovered one evening by the benevolent Squire Allworthy and his sister Bridget and brought up as a son in their household until it is time for him to set out in search of both his fortune and his true identity. Amorous, high-spirited, and filled with what Fielding called "the glorious lust of doing good" but with a tendency toward dissolution, Tom Jones is one of the first characters in fiction to display legitimate sides of human virtue and vice.
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“Two hundred years have not dimmed Fielding’s realism. His humor is closer to our own than that of any writer before the present century.”—Kingsley Amis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451512000
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1963
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Fredson Bowers was a professor of literature at the University of Virginia for more than forty years and a preeminent textual critic.

Martin C. Battestin is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English at the University of Virginia and a leading scholar on Henry Fielding. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    best

    this the best literary collection of tom jones..

    83 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    handsome

    the history of tom jones give us more inspire with our life.

    82 out of 82 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    no price

    the content of this book is made great...

    80 out of 82 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    make this

    tom jones is very inspirational artist in the history of classic.

    79 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2001

    full of sound and fury,,,signifying, well, something

    First of all, it must be said that for anyone interested in English literature this is a must read. After having read this, it becomes apparent that so much of the literature that followed this book - in the 18th, 19th, and even the 20th centuries - is modelled on this book. Could it be that the same writer influenced Mark Twain and Jane Austen? Secondly, this book must be read for its unexptected humour and freshness - even though it was written almost three hundred years ago, its expositions on sex and violence are seen daily on Jerry Springer. True, the sentences are lengthy - and sometimes the scholarsip burdensome - but, for the most part this is a story of scandal and surprise. At the same time, though, I admit that I wished the story was a couple of hundred pages shorter: there were times, especially towards the end, when I simply stopped trying to make sense of all the loose ends and focused on the main plot. Fielding, as demonstrated by this book, is a master writer, but the folks over at Jerry Spinger could have taught him a thing or two about editing.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2008

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    One of the Greatest Books I have ever Read

    This is a very good book with lots of action and was one of the first and most influential books written in the English language. This is not a boring classic! It is a must-read in my opinion! There is action, there is romance, all in one great Bildungsroman! Plus it has short chapters!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    TOO SILLY FOR ME

    This book is so well written it was a shame I could not finish its almost 900 pages. I simply found the tale too silly, too uninteresting to continue. It seemed just to be the rather mindless adventures of the hero, Tom Jones, as he fights over women, fights with soldiers and his friends ... with everyone. I need something a bit more serious and profound. I even watched the overly long film as I read, and even found the film to be inane. If you like light-hearted nonsense with lots of characters coming and going, then you might enjoy this. It was just not my style, although the actual writing is great!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2002

    A High School Student In Theratre

    Last year our theratre department chose this to be our One Act Play and everybody loved it. It was such a fun play to do. When we went to competition there were so many laughs, and after we preformed all the other schools came up to us and told us how much they loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2001

    The Best in Eighteenth Century Fiction

    I have read many novels written in the eighteenth century, and Fielding was the master of the genre at that time. Tom Jones was an immensely enjoyable book. At first, I was slightly intimidated by its 1,000 page length, but Fielding's wit and gift of storytelling was wonderful. This book proves that not all classic literature is boring. Many, many times I found myself laughing, yes laughing OUT LOUD, because the characters are so funny, yet believable. True, most of them are flat characters, but they exhibit some of the most common human flaws. Fielding was a master of humor, irony, and characterization, and Tom Jones will always be one of my favorite novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    Great Classic ,Richly Comic and Delightful !

    its very comic story of a foundling tom jones who faces a lot of difficulties but at last reconciles to his uncle Mr Allworthy and wins his beloved Sophia Western.its ending is great. the novel is an amusing one on the whole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2000

    18th Century Never Felt So New

    If you've always thought of the 1700s as a time when no one had any fun and all people wrote about is liberty, religion and other such pious (and often boring) material, get your hands on this novel and you'll change you mind. This novel, published in 1749, contains none of the dry, unwieldy language you might expect and what's more, it offers much more than many 'modern' novels, including hearty doses of wit, humor, pathos, satire, and insight into human nature. Another unexepected pleasure of this book is that although it is very long (the edition I'm reading is nearly 900 pages), it is a very fast read and at no point is it boring. You will really be surprised by this book!

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