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Jonathan Wild (English Library)

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HENRY FIELDING COMPARES JONATHAN WILD, HIGHWAY BANDIT WITH CAESAR -- AND FINDS CAESAR WANTING ". . . .when the mighty Caesar, with wonderful greatness of mind, had destroyed the liberties of his country, and with all the means of fraud and force had placed himself at the head of his equals, had corrupted and enslaved the greatest people whom the sun ever saw, we are reminded, as an evidence of his generosity, of his largesses to his followers and tools, by whose means he had accomplished his purpose, and by whose assistance he was to establish it. "Now, who doth not see that such sneaking qualities as these are rather to be bewailed as imperfections than admired as ornaments in these great men; rather obscuring their glory, and holding them back in their race to greatness, indeed unworthy the end for which they seem to have come into the world, viz. of perpetrating vast and mighty mischief?" -- from Henry Fielding's tongue-in-cheek classic, Jonathan Wild

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Following the most notorious criminal of his generation, Fielding relays a moral satire on the true nature of greatness when it is not legitimized by political institutions or worldly eminence, as he romanticizes the "greatness" of his hero even unto the gallows. 6 cassettes.

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