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The main tradition of the English novel as it was commonly written until well into
the second half of the nineteenth century, derives from Henry Fielding (1707-54).
His first novel, Joseph Andrews, was at first conceived as a satire on Pamela, ...
At first sight, Fielding's fierce eye for externals appears to be that of the
caricaturist. We should, therefore, expect his characters to be 'flat', in E. M.
Forster's sense of the word. But this is not so at all. Flat characters are
representations of idees ...
Squire Western is, in fact, a drunken boor, one of those centres of arbitrary power
Fielding loathed. Fielding, it has become a cliche of criticism, was 'a man's man',
and his heroines are the women of a man's man. Sophia Western is scarcely ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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