Tom, a foundling, is discovered one evening by the benevolent Squire Allworthy and his sister Bridget and brought up as a son in their household; when his sexual escapades and general misbehavior lead them to banish him, he sets out in search of both his fortune and his true identity. Amorous,... show more
Tom, a foundling, is discovered one evening by the benevolent Squire Allworthy and his sister Bridget and brought up as a son in their household; when his sexual escapades and general misbehavior lead them to banish him, he sets 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 English fiction whose human virtues and vices are realistically depicted. This edition is set from the text of the Wesleyan Edition of the Works of Henry Fielding.
Publish date: September 10th 2002
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 982
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
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, English Literature
, 18th Century
- A vrai dire, poursuivit-il, il est un degré de la générosité (de la charité, devrais-je dire) qui semble avoir quelque apparence de mérite, c'est quad, partant d'un principe de bonté et d'amour chrétien, on donne à autrui ce dont on a soi-même un besoin réel; quand, pour diminuer la détresse d'aut...
Tom Jones, a bastard of infamous parentage, is nevertheless raised by the kind Squire Allworthy as a gentleman. He loves the neighboring Squire's daughter, Sophia, but has no problem sleeping around with the less scrupulous common girls while waiting for his chance with her. His foster father loves ...
I'm slightly trepidatious about reviewing Tom Jones, because Fielding does not like critics. In fact, he is so kind as to say this about them: If a person who pries into the characters of others, with no other design but to discover their faults...deserves the title of a slanderer...why should no...
This is a very early novel, published in 1749, and it's telling in several ways this was written when the form was young. There are eccentric spellings, erratic capitalizations, and dialogue isn't set off in the convention we're used to, but has various speakers lumped into one paragraph. There are ...
Clever, Mr. Fielding, clever. In anticipation of criticism of his work, he dedicates the first chapter of Book XI to future critics. He lays on a guilt trip. Then he tacks on a quote from Shakespeare for added effect: Besides the dreadful mischiefs done by slander, and the baseness of the mean...