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Tom Jones

Author: Henry Fielding; Fredson Bowers
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Modern Library edView all editions and formats
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For Coleridge the plot of Tom Jones was, along with that of Oedipus The King, the most perfect ever constructed. Fielding used all his art and all the craft he had amassed as a successful playwright for the eighteenth-century London stage to tell this hugely entertaining story of a foundling and how he arrives, through sexual misadventures and elaborate disasters, to claim his legitimacy, his fortune, and his true  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Picaresque fiction
Bildungsromans
Humorous fiction
Novels
Humorous stories
Fiction
Named Person: Tom Jones, (Fictitious character); Tom Jones, (Fictitious character)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Fielding; Fredson Bowers
ISBN: 0394605195 9780394605197
OCLC Number: 11469279
Description: 982 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: History of Tom Jones
Responsibility: Henry Fielding ; with an introduction by Martin C. Battesin ; text edited by Fredson Bowers.
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For Coleridge the plot of Tom Jones was, along with that of Oedipus The King, the most perfect ever constructed. Fielding used all his art and all the craft he had amassed as a successful playwright for the eighteenth-century London stage to tell this hugely entertaining story of a foundling and how he arrives, through sexual misadventures and elaborate disasters, to claim his legitimacy, his fortune, and his true love. Describes the foundling, Tom, who grows to be athletic, charismatic, generous, and filled with "the glorious lust of doing good" but with a tendency toward dissolution. He leaves home to seek his fortune and his real identity.

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