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Joseph Andrews & Shamela (Paperback, New Ed): Henry Fielding

Joseph Andrews & Shamela (Paperback, New Ed)

Henry Fielding; Edited by Judith Hawley; Introduction by Judith Hawley; Notes by Judith Hawley

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Fielding is best known for Tom Jones, but these two novels are equally worth reading. Infuriated by the sententious hypocrisy of Samuel Richardson's Pamela, Fielding set out to parody it in Shamela (1741), a lively burlesque in which the gullible Parson Tickletext falls for the lovely heroine - who is not as innocent as he thinks. Fielding returned the charge in 1742 with Joseph Andrews, a 'comic romance' which began as another parody of Pamela, but despite itself became a serious novel in its own right, full of gorgeously memorable characters - the innocent hero, the lovely Fanny, the libidinous Lady Booky, poor Parson Adams... Both books, a century and a half later, can still tickle the sense of humour, for Fielding remains the founding father of the humrous novel - the inventor of a genre which led on to Sterne, Dickens, Wodehouse and Tom Sharpe. (Kirkus UK)

‘Kissing, Joseph, is but a Prologue to a Play. Can I believe a young Fellow of your Age and Complexion will be content with Kissing?’

Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding’s first full-length novel, depicts the many colourful and often hilarious adventures of a comically chaste servant. After being sacked for spurning the lascivious Lady Booby, Joseph takes to the road, accompanied by his beloved Fanny Goodwill, a much-put-upon foundling girl, and Parson Adams, a man often duped and humiliated, but still a model of Christian charity. In the boisterous short tale Shamela, a brilliant parody of Richardson’s Pamela, the spirited and sexually honest heroine uses coyness and mock modesty to catch herself a rich husband. Together these works anticipate Fielding’s great comic epic Tom Jones, with their amiable good humour and pointed social satire.

Judith Hawley’s introduction compares the works of Fielding and Richardson, and discusses sex and class relations, and the literary and political world of the time. This volume also includes a chronology and suggestions for further reading.


Imprint: Penguin Classics
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: March 1999
First published: November 1999
Authors: Henry Fielding
Editors: Judith Hawley
Introduction by: Judith Hawley
Notes by: Judith Hawley
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 28mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 389
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-043386-9
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > General
Books > Fiction > Special features > Classic fiction
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > 16th to 18th centuries
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Novels, other prose & writers > General
LSN: 0-14-043386-4
Barcode: 9780140433869

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