By Henry Fielding
‘Kissing, Joseph, is yet a Prologue to a Play. am i able to think a tender Fellow of your Age and Complexion might be content material with Kissing?’
Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding’s first full-length novel, depicts the various vibrant and infrequently hilarious adventures of a comically chaste servant. After being sacked for spurning the lascivious woman Booby, Joseph takes to the line, followed via his loved Fanny Goodwill, a much-put-upon foundling lady, and Parson Adams, a guy usually duped and humiliated, yet nonetheless a version of Christian charity. within the boisterous brief story Shamela, an excellent parody of Richardson’s Pamela, the lively and sexually sincere heroine makes use of coyness and ridicule modesty to seize herself a wealthy husband. jointly those works expect Fielding’s nice comedian epic Tom Jones, with their amiable strong humour and pointed social satire.
Judith Hawley’s advent compares the works of Fielding and Richardson, and discusses intercourse and sophistication kinfolk, and the literary and political international of the time. This quantity additionally encompasses a chronology and recommendations for additional reading.
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