COMPLETE 18 BOOKS - The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, often known simply as Tom Jones, is a comic novel by the English playwright and novelist Henry Fielding. The novel is both a Bildungsroman and a picaresque novel. First published on 28 February 1749 in London, Tom Jones is among the earliest English prose works describable as a novel, and ...
COMPLETE 18 BOOKS - The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, often known simply as Tom Jones, is a comic novel by the English playwright and novelist Henry Fielding. The novel is both a Bildungsroman and a picaresque novel. First published on 28 February 1749 in London, Tom Jones is among the earliest English prose works describable as a novel, and is the earliest novel mentioned by W. Somerset Maugham in his 1948 book Great Novelists and Their Novels among the ten best novels of the world. Totaling 346,747 words, it is divided into 18 smaller books, each preceded by a discursive chapter, often on topics unrelated to the book itself. It is dedicated to George Lyttleton. Though lengthy, the novel is highly organised; S. T. Coleridge noted that it had one of the three great plots of all literature. It was received with enthusiasm by the general public of the time; some critics including Samuel Johnson took exception to Fielding's "robust distinctions between right and wrong." Tom Jones is generally regarded as Fielding's greatest book, and as a very influential English novel.
Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall 0140260811 Paperback Paperback. Slight crease to corner cover. Abandoned as a baby Tom Jones is adopted by Squire Allworthy, a compassionate and wealthy widower. As he grows up, Tom's childhood affection for Sophia Western, a local landowner's daughter, deepens into love. But Sophia is intended for the malevlent Blifil who intrigues to get his rival banished. A vivid Hogarthian panorama, Tom Jones is both a romance and a comedy. It is a wryly observed satire on social convention and hypocrisy, imbued with the generous humanity of its author and his ultimate belief in human goodness. Includes full-colour photographs from the BBC dramatization. 854 pages. ( We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences. academic and scholarly books and Modern First Editions etc. )
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