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The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great

The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great by Henry Fielding
By: (1707-1754)

The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild is a captivating tale of deception, greed, and betrayal set in the underworld of 18th-century London. Henry Fielding's writing style is engaging and full of wit, drawing readers into the morally ambiguous world of the infamous thief-taker Jonathan Wild.

Wild is a complex and morally bankrupt character, whose rise to power and eventual downfall provides a fascinating look at the darker side of human nature. Fielding expertly weaves together multiple storylines, creating a gripping narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

The novel is also a satirical commentary on the corruption and hypocrisy of society, with Fielding using Wild as a symbol of the moral decay and dishonesty that plagued London at the time. The author's keen insight into human behavior and motivations shines through in his portrayal of Wild and the other characters in the book.

Overall, The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild is a compelling and thought-provoking read that will leave readers pondering the nature of truth, justice, and the limits of human ambition. Fielding's masterful storytelling and sharp wit make this novel a timeless classic that is sure to captivate readers for generations to come.

Book Description:

This novel is sometimes thought of as [Fielding's] first because he almost certainly began composing it before he wrote Shamela and Joseph Andrews. It is a satire of Walpole that draws a parallel between Walpole and Jonathan Wild, the infamous gang leader and highwayman. He implicitly compares the Whig party in Parliament with a gang of thieves being run by Walpole, whose constant desire to be a “Great Man” (a common epithet for Walpole) should culminate only in the antithesis of greatness: being hanged.

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