The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

The History of Tom Jones a Foundling A foundling of mysterious parentage brought up by Mr Allworthy on his country estate Tom Jones is deeply in love with the seemingly unattainable Sophia Western the beautiful daughter of the neighbor

  • Title: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  • Author: Henry Fielding Thomas Keymer Alice Wakely
  • ISBN: 9780140436228
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • A foundling of mysterious parentage brought up by Mr Allworthy on his country estate, Tom Jones is deeply in love with the seemingly unattainable Sophia Western, the beautiful daughter of the neighboring squire though he sometimes succumbs to the charms of the local girls When Tom is banished to make his own fortune and Sophia follows him to London to escape an arrangedA foundling of mysterious parentage brought up by Mr Allworthy on his country estate, Tom Jones is deeply in love with the seemingly unattainable Sophia Western, the beautiful daughter of the neighboring squire though he sometimes succumbs to the charms of the local girls When Tom is banished to make his own fortune and Sophia follows him to London to escape an arranged marriage, the adventure begins A vivid Hogarthian panorama of eighteenth century life, spiced with danger and intrigue, bawdy exuberance and good natured authorial interjections, Tom Jones is one of the greatest and most ambitious comic novels in English literature Includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, notes, glossary, and an appendix of Fielding s revisions Introduction discusses narrative tecniques and themes, the context of eighteenth century fiction and satire, and the historical and political background of the Jacobite revolutionFor than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.

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    • Henry Fielding Thomas Keymer Alice Wakely

      Henry Fielding was born in Somerset in 1707 The son of an army lieutenant and a judge s daughter, he was educated at Eton School and the University of Leiden before returning to England where he wrote a series of farces, operas and light comedies.Fielding formed his own company and was running the Little Theatre, Haymarket, when one of his satirical plays began to upset the government The passing of the Theatrical Licensing Act in 1737 effectively ended Fielding s career as a playwright.In 1739 Fielding turned to journalism and became editor of The Champion He also began writing novels, including The Adventures of Joseph Andrews 1742 , Abraham Adams 1742 and Jonathan Wild 1743.Fielding was made a justice of the peace for Westminster and Middlesex in 1748 He campaigned against legal corruption and helped his half brother, Sir John Fielding, establish the Bow Street Runners.In 1749 Fielding s novel, The History of Tom Jones was published to public acclaim Critics agree that it is one of the greatest comic novels in the English language Fielding followed this success with another well received novel, Amelia 1751.Fielding continued as a journalist and his satirical journal, Covent Garden, continued to upset those in power Throughout his life, Fielding suffered from poor health and by 1752 he could not move without the help of crutches In an attempt to overcome his health problems, Henry Fielding went to live in Portugal but this was not successful and he died in Lisbon in 1754.



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    • Who reads this and laughs not at all may be forgiven only as a simpleton, and does not comprehend.Who reads this and laughs but a little is too dour and prideful to be of much use, and only laughs when he cannot help it.Who reads this and laughs a score is the wretched false wit, and only laughs when it suits his crowd.Who reads and laughs but once a chapter has a mirthful soul, if no great love for words.Who reads and laughs at every page shall be my boon companion, and a kiss for each grinning [...]


    • Here s another wonderful 18th century novel that blows up the easy breezy Shibboleth of show, don t tell Here the narrator tells and tells, and I laughed and laughed, and the plot moved like a fine engine through adventure after misadventure.


    • 975 Tom Jones The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Henry FieldingThe History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, often known simply as Tom Jones, is a comic novel by the English playwright and novelist Henry Fielding The novel is both a Bildungsroman and a picaresque novel First published on 28 February 1749 in London, Tom Jones is among the earliest English prose works describable as a novel and is the earliest novel mentioned by W Somerset Maugham in his 1948 book Great Novelists and Their Novels amo [...]



    • If a crazed literature professor ever holds a gun to your head and threatens to pull the trigger if you don t read one of two interminable, gazillion page satirical British novels that would be Vanity Fair of the 19th Century or Tom Jones of the 18th Century , I recommend you choose Tom Jones Tom Jones is original some say it s the first modern novel , way funnier than VF, and even has a few naughty bits to make you giggle though tame by modern standards To read Vanity Fair, you need to brush u [...]



    • Fielding being mentioned, Johnson exclaimed, he was a blockhead and upon my expressing astonishment at so strange an assertion, he said What I mean by his being a blockhead is that he was a barren rascal BOSWELL Will you not allow, Sir, that he draws very natural pictures of human life JOHNSON Why, Sir, it is of very low life James Boswell, Life of Samuel JohnsonI have been Tom Jones a child s Tom Jones, a harmless creature for a week altogether.Charles Dickens, David CopperfieldImagine you are [...]


    • Around the world the trip begins with a kiss Roam, The B 52 s, 1989I enjoyed this 1749 comic novel follows the life and adventures of young Tom Jones in a picaresque panorama of 18th century Britain Squire Allworthy found Tom in his bed as a newborn infant The kind but gullible Allworthy raises Tom, who falls in love with the attractive neighbor Sophia Western Unfortunately, Sophia s irascible, short tempered dad has agreed, against Sophia s wishes, to give her hand in marriage to Squire Allwort [...]


    • I ve seen a lot of people telling writers to build a platform I disagree What they should be building is a personality.Writing experts drone on about an author s voice They re not wrong But your voice is just a means to express your personality.Misled by writers of genius like T.S Eliot and Flaubert, some authorities stress revision They force you to focus on smoothness of style They want you to rewrite everything until your personality completely disappears.That s okay if you have been writing [...]


    • This is a wonderful book It ll make you laugh over and over and it is written like no other book I ve read in that the narrator talks to the reader throughout, but not directly It s a long book but it never gets boring You ll fall in love with than one character and it is just a book not to be missed I can also highly recommend the audiobook on Audible Can t recall the narrator s name now, but I ll edit it in later Just wonderful Thanks to Fiona for being a relentless book pusher, as I d have n [...]


    • 2016 s entry for my Big Ass Summer Read shelf Some books stand before us like mountains, daring us to cast the first hooks and lines and pierce its imposing walls with ice ax and spiked boots and ascend Though the challenge is certainly there on the lower slopes there are boulders and loose gravel to stump the overconfident things seem genial enough, the cracks and the outcroppings give us enough to work with and there s sufficient flat ground for respite.But Henry Fielding s The History of Tom [...]


    • Ford Maddox Ford on Tom Jones from The March of Literature y paralleled in nauseous prurience and hypocrisy by the introductions to chapters of Fielding s Tom Jones 498 has always seemed to the writer to be one of the most immoral books ever written ibid if you are lousy, and I use the word on purpose, you will live like a louse and, if there is a hell, go to hell And what other word could describe Tom Jones the miserable parasite who was forever wreathed, whining about his benefactor knees, who [...]


    • So, I give this five stars, but, you know, not every five star book should be read by every person If you have great patience, and are willing to admit that your tastes have been formed by the nineteenth century novel and then by certain aspects of modern literature if you re willing to test your my assumption that novels are best when they re realistic or modernist if you don t mind a bit of slap and tickle then you should read this If you want to judge a book based on whether its characters ar [...]


    • Tom Jones is hands down the dumbest book ever written Before reading this dreck, I had thought Pamela had that title on lockdown, but I was mistaken I still think Pamela is horrible all 500 pages can be summarized in two sentences Master attempted to sexually assault me in the gazebo, o most wretched PAMELA Master proposed marriage to unworthy PAMELA, o virtuous Master and most bless d PAMELA but Tom Jones is longer almost 1300 pages of pain and stupid Really, really stupid Stupid isn t even the [...]


    • Wowzas What a lot of waffle The history of the novel is perhaps one of a decline in the use of the Authorial Voice, which was still quite prevalent in the Victorian eraIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here arbieroooklikes post 33


    • 900 pages later, I can confirm what my friend Wales told me this book has nothing to do with the Tom Jones who asked, What s new, pussycat Instead, it s a massive blow up of a classic Shakespeare comedy that exactly follows the classic structure our likable heroes are introduced a series of miscommunications and devious acts by rivals conspire to rend them apart you know how act V goes in these things, and you ll see it coming here as soon as you realize this book is a comedy, which if it s not [...]


    • One of the earliest and probably still the greatest of English novels, Tom Jones is still a delight to read and savor after 250 years Richardson s film, which captures the world of 1750 England with extraordinary fidelity, is still a must and one of the greatest movies of all time, by the way But the book itself I read it first in a lit class in my pre med undergrad days and I was astounded Astounded that this fellow Fielding was chatting with me wittily and poignantly through the centuries that [...]


    • I ll give this line to Cecilia from Atonement Give me Fielding any day Much passionate This book is hilariously funny, riotous, chaotic, rip roaring and all those old fashioned adjectives for a damn good time You know what, read this and see the movie its much joyous if you ve read it first, I think, but either way will do It might take you a little to get into the lingo, but after that, it should be pretty smooth and fun sailing.


    • Tecnicamente l avevo finito l anno scorso, ma Internet mi aveva abbandonato.Questo libro uno dei libri pi belli che abbia mai letto nella mia vita.Non sono una persona che assegna 5 stelline facilemente, n viene sorpresa altrettanto facilmente Henry Fielding ha uno stile ricercato, ma allo stesso tempo chiaro Sebbene sia un gran tomo, non mi ha mai annoiato forse grazie alla suddivisione in pi libri, che fornivano dei capitoli introduttivi metaletterari penso.Forse per i personaggi chiaroscurali [...]


    • A very long romp of a story Tom Jones, a foundling, is an engaging fellow, particularly with the ladies He is not however generally accepted in genteel circles where his bastardy and lack of property is a severe social impairment.It is on the whole pretty readable although much too long in my opinion Its great attraction for me is in what it reveals to me of 18th century English life at all levels, particularly rural society It contrasted favourably for me with the rigidity of Victorian society [...]


    • Free download available at Project Gutenberg.The audio version can be found at LibriVox.Book X Chapter i Reader, it is impossible we should know what sort of person thou wilt be for, perhaps, thou may st be as learned in human nature as Shakespear himself was, and, perhaps, thou may st be no wiser than some of his editors Now, lest this latter should be the case, we think proper, before we go any farther together, to give thee a few wholesome admonitions that thou may st not as grossly misunders [...]


    • I very much enjoy reading this book as a side read from The Novel A Biography It s a long read than 900 pages , but I found it quite easy to read it I didn t get bored at all It didn t feel as if I was reading a book that was than 200 years old.The thing I like most about the book is its structure It s divided into 18 smallish books, each of which is divided into chapters The first chapter of each book is the narrator talking to the reader I really enjoyed the feeling that the narrator was tak [...]


    • Destestable Just tedium punctuated with banalities The hero s a guilded void And the heroine is praised for never attempting opinions or wit aspires Fielding belittles other writers whilst citing critics as worse than murderers shakes fist at hypocrisy Plus, it s supposed to be socially subversive but the hero is revealed as an heir.My copy only escaped the cleansing flames cos I d been indoctrinated with carbon footprint consciousness refrains from underwear throwing


    • This was one of those thousand page books I had three days to read before moving on to the next masterpiece when I was an undergraduate English major I remembered almost nothing about it, except for scraps from my professor s lecture, when my hunt for copyright free classics for my e book reader led me here It was the first English language novel, as we define them today, or one of the first, my professor told us I m pretty sure I also read a John Irving book once in which a main character taugh [...]


    • Right So we watched this BBC 1997 five hours Definitely not the BBC s finest moment That tendency toward a literalistic adaptation translation fails than it succeeds They seem to have done well with Brideshead, but you can t really fail with Jeremy Irons playing your narrative ear Bleak House really was fantastic Best thing really in this Tom Jones is quite predictably the thing they did with the pre chapter essays Fielding wrote they threw in a narrator character How else to preserve that cent [...]


    • I m throwing in the towel on this one, after 200 pages and dreading to pick it up once What I noticed immediately is his apparent influence on my beloved Anthony Trollope Mr Thwackum was introduced with his giving a thrashing to Tommy Jones Trollope has many minor characters who are named because of their personalities Fielding uses authorial intrusion, speaking directly to the reader away from his story Trollope does this in a way I like And so, you d think this might have been written just fo [...]


    • I just can t do it Not for the sake of my on line book club who have finished it long ago , not for my own paranoia about missing something important, not for my strange compulsion to never leave a book unfinished I have to draw the line somewhere, and I draw it at Henry Fielding s feet I ve left Tom Jones on my currently reading shelf for months, thinking guilt could inspire me through the remaining 600 pages, but the very thought of picking it up again drains the joy from my reading time I d a [...]


    • I only read Books I, III, IV, V, and IX, as they were the only parts required in my syllabus I very much did not wish to unduly persevere in my acquaintance with this work.I ll begin with saying that this is not a tremendously bad book, but there is nothing much of interest to me, personally, in it.Mr Fielding wrote well enough, but LORD every page is just him smugly praising himself on how much better and superior he was to his peers and other novelists CUT IT OUT, HENRY CUT IT OUT You don t ha [...]


    • Review in few words A brilliant genius book I think what placed this book above a number of others in my eyes, at least are not only the poignant essays at the beginning of each book chapter, but also the keenness and delicacy in the narration that Henry Fielding uses to take me, the reader, into the topsy turvy life of the most unfortunate Tom Jones.Other details I enjoyed noticed about the book Tom Jones is a simple, handsome, seemingly perfect young fellow with one glaring defect a vague hist [...]



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