The True Patriot and Related Writings

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A substantial amount of the energy which Henry Fielding put into his writing was invested in political journalism and political pamphleteering. Indeed, next to his prose fiction and his plays, his political journalism looms largest in bulk, and reveals significant aspects of Fielding the man.
Te present volume contains three pamphlets – the Serious Address, the History of the Present Rebellion, and the Dialogue Between the Devil, the Pope, and the Pretender – and one journal, ...

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Overview

A substantial amount of the energy which Henry Fielding put into his writing was invested in political journalism and political pamphleteering. Indeed, next to his prose fiction and his plays, his political journalism looms largest in bulk, and reveals significant aspects of Fielding the man.
Te present volume contains three pamphlets – the Serious Address, the History of the Present Rebellion, and the Dialogue Between the Devil, the Pope, and the Pretender – and one journal, the True Patriot of 1745-6. Coming from what may be called the second period of Fielding’s intensive political journalism, they are all informed by the same political purpose: to deal with the crisis represented by the Jacobite uprising known as the ‘Forty-Five’ and with the implications this event was perceived to have or the Pelham administration in particular.
As usual with the Wesleyan Edition, there is a detailed introduction, a textual introduction, textual apparatus, and full annotation throughout the texts, as well as an index.

CONTRIBUTORS: W.B. Coles.

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“This volume’s great distinction is its awareness of the shifting political context as the Jacobite threat ran its course . . . Coley expertly draws on a wealth of contemporary newspapers and pamphlets, Fielding’s own published writings, and manuscript letters to produce new and vividly informative contextual commentary”—Times Literary Supplement.

“…another invaluable volume in a series which has put an almost unedited author at last within the purview of literary scholarship.” —Pat Rogers, Modern Language Review

“The long-awaited edition is a major advance in Fielding studies… (it) seems to me of exceptionally high quality.” —C.J. Rawson, Notes and Queries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819551276
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1987
  • Series: Wesleyan Edition of the Works of Henry Fielding
  • Edition description: Published simo by Oxford Univ. Press in the UK.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 540

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
General Introduction: Biographical Context: A Serious Address to the People of Great Britain
The History of the Present Rebellion
A Dialogue between the Devil, the Pope, and the Pretender
The True Patriot
Textual Introduction: The Copy-text and its Treatment
The Apparatus
Collation
A Serious Address to the People of Great Britain
The History of the Present Rebellion
A Dialogue between the Devil, the Pope, and the Pretender
The True Patriot: And the History of Our Own Times
Appendices: List of Substantive Emendations, List of Accidentals Emendations, Word Division, Bibliographical Descriptions, The ‘Murphy’ Editions, Fielding’s use of hath and doth, Uncertain Attributions from The Patriot
Index

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