By Henry Fielding
A foundling of mysterious parentage cited through Mr. Allworthy on his state property, Tom Jones is deeply in love with the probably inconceivable Sophia Western, the gorgeous daughter of the neighboring squire—though he occasionally succumbs to the charms of the neighborhood ladies. whilst Tom is banished to make his personal fortune and Sophia follows him to London to flee an prepared marriage, the journey starts off. A shiny Hogarthian landscape of eighteenth-century lifestyles, spiced with possibility and intrigue, bawdy exuberance and good-natured authorial interjections, Tom Jones is without doubt one of the maximum and so much formidable comedian novels in English literature.
• Includes a chronology, feedback for additional examining, notes, thesaurus, and an appendix of Fielding's revisions
• Introduction discusses narrative tecniques and topics, the context of eighteenth-century fiction and satire, and the old and political history of the Jacobite revolution
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