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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, ...
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 ...
The plot is not a bad plot, and it is certainly not unskilfully handled; but it is the
wrong plot for the novel Fielding was writing. The reader who comes to Fielding's
fiction with some acquaintance already with the nineteenth-century novel may ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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