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The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling

The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling by Henry Fielding
By: (1707-1754)

Tom Jones is considered one of the first prose works describable as a novel. The novel is divided into 18 smaller books. Tom Jones is a foundling discovered on the property of a very kind, wealthy landowner, Squire Allworthy. Tom grows into a vigorous and lusty, yet honest and kind-hearted, youth. He develops affection for his neighbor’s daughter, Sophia Western. On one hand, their love reflects the romantic comedy genre popular in 18th-century Britain. However, Tom’s status as a bastard causes Sophia’s father and Allworthy to oppose their love; this criticism of class friction in society acted as a biting social commentary. The inclusion of prostitution and sexual promiscuity in the plot was also original for its time, and also acted as the foundation for criticism of the book’s “lowness.”

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Henry Fielding

The History of Tom Jones, a foundling.

CONTENTS

DEDICATION

BOOK I CONTAINING AS MUCH OF THE BIRTH OF THE FOUNDLING AS IS NECESSARY OR PROPER TO ACQUAINT THE READER WITH IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS HISTORY.

Chapter i The introduction to the work, or bill of fare to the feast.

Chapter ii A short description of squire Allworthy, and a fuller account of Miss Bridget Allworthy, his sister.

Chapter iii An odd accident which befel Mr Allworthy at his return home. The decent behaviour of Mrs Deborah Wilkins, with some proper animadversions on bastards.

Chapter iv The reader's neck brought into danger by a description; his escape; and the great condescension of Miss Bridget Allworthy.

Chapter v Containing a few common matters, with a very uncommon observation upon them.

Chapter vi Mrs Deborah is introduced into the parish with a simile... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - October 15, 2014
Subject: Just okay
The reading quality varied, but was generally acceptable. The content includes lots of immorality and foul language. I was surprised something so smutty could be published in the 1700's.


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