The Real History of Tom Jones

  • Authors
  • John Allen Stevenson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. John Allen Stevenson
    Pages 1-16
  3. John Allen Stevenson
    Pages 17-46
  4. John Allen Stevenson
    Pages 47-75
  5. John Allen Stevenson
    Pages 77-101
  6. John Allen Stevenson
    Pages 103-124
  7. John Allen Stevenson
    Pages 125-157
  8. John Allen Stevenson
    Pages 159-180
  9. John Allen Stevenson
    Pages 181-185
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 187-225

About this book


The Real History of Tom Jones revivifies historical materials from which Henry Fielding constructed the greatest comic novel of the eighteenth century. This study recovers and explores the contexts necessary to understand Fielding's subtle art, such as the bloody conflict for the throne between Stuarts and Hanoverians, a contradictory class system, game laws that both protected and flouted individual property rights, and a justice system that proclaimed hanging for many crimes but let most criminals go. Drawing on evidence such as the peculiar appearance of eighteenth-century money, the fraudulent autobiography of a gypsy king, and a magical prayer book illustration, the book offers new readings of both Tom Jones and the political and legal landscape of Georgian England.


art biography comic drawing eighteenth century England history history of literature humour individual landscape novel

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