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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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A milestone in the history of the English novel, Tom Jones draws readers into a world teeming with memorable characters. This epic of everyday life chronicles the adventures of Tom Jones, who was abandoned as an infant and grows into a lusty, imprudent young man. Promising to mend his ways, Tom competes with his abusive rival for the affections of a wealthy

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A milestone in the history of the English novel, Tom Jones draws readers into a world teeming with memorable characters. This epic of everyday life chronicles the adventures of Tom Jones, who was abandoned as an infant and grows into a lusty, imprudent young man. Promising to mend his ways, Tom competes with his abusive rival for the affections of a wealthy squire's daughter, and learns the truth about his identity, in this discerning comedy of human foibles and self-discovery.

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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."
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-A full caste dramatization brings to life this romp through 18th century England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099511922
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
Vintage Classics Series
Pages:
912
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.60(d)

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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) was a prominent writer of plays, political satires, and novels. His other works include Amelia and Joseph Andrews.

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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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