Joseph Andrews, Fielding's first novel, and Shamela, a splendidly bawdy parody of Richardson's Pamela, tellingly reveal Fielding's great comic gifts. The great success of Tom Jones owed much to the establishment of the comic form in these early works.
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Henry Fielding (1707 - 54) started his career as a playwright until his outspoken satirical plays so annoyed Walpole's Government that a new Licensing Act was introduced to drive him from the stage. He turned to writing various 'comic epics in prose', including SHAMELA (1741), JOSEPH ANDREWS (1742) and TOM JONES (1749). A master innovator, he is credited with creating the first modern novels in English.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0192815504
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0192815504