Tom Jones: FULLY ANNOTATED EDITION (OVER 750 NOTES) (Alma Classics Evergreens) (Paperback)

Tom Jones: FULLY ANNOTATED EDITION (OVER 750 NOTES) (Alma Classics Evergreens) By Henry Fielding Cover Image
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Abandoned as an infant and of unknown parentage, Tom Jones is raised in the household of the irreproachable, altruistic Squire Allworthy. Growing up to be a high-spirited, lusty youth, Tom finds himself vulnerable to temptation in the form of a local wench, though his heart is ultimately claimed by the beautiful Sophia Western, the daughter of a neighbouring landowner. When Tom's amorous misadventures compel the squire to expel his young charge from his home, and when Sophia flees from her domineering and boisterous father to avoid an undesired union with the odious Master Blifil, a colourful, picaresque journey through eighteenthcentury England ensues, one punctuated by a parade of unforgettable Hogarthian grotesques and timeless comic set pieces.


Characterized by both razor-sharp wit and broad, racy humour, and described by Coleridge as boasting one of the “three most perfect plots ever planned”, Tom Jones was an instant hit on its publication in 1749, and is widely considered one of the greatest works of English literature and a foundation stone in the development of the novel.

About the Author


One of the progenitors of the English novel, Henry Fielding (1707–54) is remembered today for the bawdy picaresque Tom Jones and other works such as the comic novel Joseph Andrews and his travelogue Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781847499059
ISBN-10: 1847499058
Publisher: Alma Classics
Publication Date: May 21st, 2024
Pages: 864
Language: English
Series: Alma Classics Evergreens