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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
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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