Tom, a foundling, is discovered one evening by the benevolent Squire Allworthy and his sister Bridget and brought up as a son in their household; when his sexual escapades and general misbehavior lead them to banish him, he sets out in search of both his fortune and his true identity. Amorous, high-spirited, and filled with what Fielding called “the glorious lust of doing good,” but with a tendency toward dissolution, Tom Jones is one of the first characters in English fiction whose human virtues and vices are realistically depicted. This edition is set from the text of the Wesleyan Edition of the Works of Henry Fielding.
About the Author
Geboren 22.4.1707 Sharpham Park bei Glastonbury, Somerset; gestorben 8.10.1754 Lissabon. Der Sohn eines Offiziers besuchte das Eton College und studierte Jura in London und Leiden. Von 1729 bis 1737 war er in London als Dramatiker und Theaterdirektor tatig. Seit 1748 war er Friedensrichter.
Fredson Bowers is Linden Kent Professor of English, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia.
Baattestin is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Virginia.
“Two hundred years have not dimmed Fielding’s realism. His humor is closer to our own than that of any writer before the present century.”—Kingsley Amis