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Henry Fielding

Henry Fielding

Henry Fielding (Sharpham, 22 April 1707 – near Lisbon, 8 October 1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the novel Tom Jones.

 

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No clear personal statement by Fielding about his political motives and beliefs has survived. Scholars interested in pinning down his political views have had a variety of political standpoints.

Article: Project MUSE - Henry Fiel...
Source: Project MUSE

Henry Fielding came from a well respected family. His father was a general in the army, and his mother was the daughter of a judge.

Article: Henry Fielding
Source: English Poetry 1579-1830

Sir Robert Walpole passed the Licensing Act in 1737 enforcing performance censorship. The Licensing excluded Fielding from the London stage.

Article: Newsletter
Source: VQR » Virginia Quarterly...

Henry's father Edmund Fielding was a careless parent who sired children and then forgot them. He was also a flamboyant aristocrat.

Article: Newsletter
Source: VQR » Virginia Quarterly...

Fielding's Amelia is about a married couple in the time following their nuptials. There was another play called Amelia with the same theme that was produced before Amelia.

Article:   Amelia (Broadview Edition…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

Fielding spent his early adult years poor. After inheriting a large sum of money, Fielding retired with his wife to the country. He lived extravagantly and in three years he was again penniless.

Article: Henry Fielding
Source: English Poetry 1579-1830

Fielding was shaped early in life by childhood trauma. The trauma resurfaces throughout his work.

Article: HE504 Syllabus Homepage
Source: HE504 Syllabus Homepage

"Best known for his masterpiece Tom Jones, Fielding was the quintessential author of his period: he wrote prolifically in several different genres (plays, poetry, periodical essay, satire, novel), engaged in spirited literary dialogues with the most important writers and thinkers of the eighteenth century."

Article: HE504 Syllabus Homepage
Source: HE504 Syllabus Homepage

Amelia closely resembled Fielding's first marriage to his wife Charlotte. Fielding's second wife even stated that he had given the stage manager in charge of Amelia a photo of himself and Charlotte to represent the characters in the play.

Article:   Amelia (Broadview Edition…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

Fielding was hugely influential in the politics of his time. His plays were so embarrassing to the government that they are said to have been the main reason for the reintroduction of stage censorship in 1737.

Article: Project MUSE - Henry Fiel...
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