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Tom Jones

Author: Henry Fielding; John B Bender; Simon Stern
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Series: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fielding's comic masterpiece of 1749 was immediately attacked as 'A motley history of bastardism, fornication, and adultery'. Indeed, his populous novel overflows with a marvellous assortment of prudes, whores, libertines, bumpkins, misanthropes, hypocrites, scoundrels, virgins, and all too fallible humanitarians. At the centre of one of the most ingenious plots in English fiction stands a hero whose actions were,
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
Humorous fiction
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Fielding, Henry, 1707-1754.
Tom Jones.
Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(DLC) 95049943
(OCoLC)33665990
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Fielding; John B Bender; Simon Stern
ISBN: 9780191560934 0191560936 0585373922 9780585373928
OCLC Number: 48139374
Description: 1 online resource (xliii, 916 pages) : maps.
Series Title: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Other Titles: History of Tom Jones
Responsibility: Henry Fielding ; edited by John Bender and Simon Stern with an introduction by John Bender.

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Fielding's comic masterpiece of 1749 was immediately attacked as 'A motley history of bastardism, fornication, and adultery'. Indeed, his populous novel overflows with a marvellous assortment of prudes, whores, libertines, bumpkins, misanthropes, hypocrites, scoundrels, virgins, and all too fallible humanitarians. At the centre of one of the most ingenious plots in English fiction stands a hero whose actions were, in 1749, as shocking as they are funny today. Expelled from Mr. Allworthy's country estate for his wild temper and sexual conquests, the good-hearted foundling Tom Jones loses his money, joins the army, and pursues his beloved across Britain to London, where he becomes a kept lover and confronts the possibility of incest. Tom Jones is rightly regarded as Fielding's greatest work, and one of the first and most influential of English novels.

This carefully modernized edition is based on Fielding's emended fourth edition text and offers the most thorough notes, maps, and bibliography. The Introduction uses the latest scholarship to examine how Tom Jones exemplifies the role of the novel in the emerging eighteenth-century public sphere.

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