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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, ...
Now, most of Fielding's personages in Joseph Andrews are episodic; they
appear only once, met and passed in the course of Joseph's and Adam's
peregrinations. But we feel, of Mrs. Tow- wouse, Parson Trulliber (the finest of
them all, after ...
This is to say that Fielding's conception of the relationship between the sexes
was nearer to Shakespeare's than to ours. How superior it was to that of the
greatest Victorian male novelists may be seen by comparing Sophia with the
heroines of ...
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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