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ABC-CLIO Best known as the author of Joseph Andrews (1742), Tom Jones (1749), and Amelia (1751), Henry Fielding was one of the most important pioneering English novelists, and his works continue to hold a central place in the literary canon. This reference book is a comprehensive guide to his life and writings. The volume is organized in several broad sections devoted to his residences, family and household, historical figures and literary influences, works, themes, and characters. Each section provides entries for individual items, many of which are accompanied by bibliographical references. The volume begins with a brief introductory essay and chronology and concludes with extensive bibliographical material. The sectional organization of the book invites study of particular aspects of Fielding's career, while an index provides convenient alphabetical access to the entries.
Greenwood Pub Group Entries for works, characters, themes, historical figures, and other topics provide comprehensive coverage of Fielding's life and career.
Book News A encyclopedia of people relating to and works and characters by Fielding (1709-54), who was so successful as a satirical playwright in London that the government shut his theater in 1737. He then turned to articles while he studied for law, but was sidetracked by the emergence of the new genre of novels, and went on to write several, for which he is best known today. Basttestin (English, U. of Virginia) draws most of the information from his 1993 biography and from introductions and commentary in the relevant volumes of his work. Most of the entries are for people, divided into sections on family and household, and others. The cross-referencing is extensive. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)