This collection of specially-commissioned essays by leading scholars describes and analyses the many facets of Fielding's work in theatre, fiction, journalism and politics. In addition it assesses his unique contribution to the rise of the novel as the dominant literary form, the development of the law, and the political and literary culture of eighteenth-century Britain. Including a Chronology and Guide to Further Reading, this volume offers a comprehensive account of Fielding's life and work.
Table of Contents
Chronology Introduction Claude Rawson 1. Henry Fielding's life Linda Bree 2. Fielding's theatrical career Thomas Keymer 3. Shamela Thomas Lockwood 4. Joseph Andrews Paul Baines 5. Jonathan Wild Jenny Davidson 6. Tom Jones Nicholas Hudson 7. Amelia Peter Sabor 8. Fielding's periodical journalism Bertrand A. Goldgar 9. Fielding and female authority Jane Spencer 10. Fielding on society, crime and the law Pat Rogers 11. Fielding's style Claude Rawson 12. Fielding's afterlife Charles Knight