Joseph Andrews/shamela

Paperback | November 1, 1999

byHenry FieldingIntroduction byJudith HawleyNotes byJudith Hawley

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‘Kissing, Joseph, is but a Prologue to a Play. Can I believe a young Fellow of your Age and Complexion will be content with Kissing?’

Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding’s first full-length novel, depicts the many colourful and often hilarious adventures of a comically chaste servant. After being sacked for spurning the lascivious Lady Booby, Joseph takes to the road, accompanied by his beloved Fanny Goodwill, a much-put-upon foundling girl, and Parson Adams, a man often duped and humiliated, but still a model of Christian charity. In the boisterous short tale Shamela, a brilliant parody of Richardson’s Pamela, the spirited and sexually honest heroine uses coyness and mock modesty to catch herself a rich husband. Together these works anticipate Fielding’s great comic epic Tom Jones, with their amiable good humour and pointed social satire.

Judith Hawley’s introduction compares the works of Fielding and Richardson, and discusses sex and class relations, and the literary and political world of the time. This volume also includes a chronology and suggestions for further reading.

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In response to Richardson’s Pamela, Henry Fielding wrote the hilarious parody, Shamela. Readers delight in Shamela’s hypocritical and prudish attempts to get her master to marry her. The second story in this collection, Joseph Andrews, is an equally burlesque tale of the wanton Lady Booby and her lust for her comically chaste servant. ...

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‘Kissing, Joseph, is but a Prologue to a Play. Can I believe a young Fellow of your Age and Complexion will be content with Kissing?’Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding’s first full-length novel, depicts the many colourful and often hilarious adventures of a comically chaste servant. After being sacked for spurning the lascivious Lady Booby...

Henry Fielding (1707 - 54) started his career as a playwright until his outspoken satirical plays so annoyed Walpole's Government that a new Licensing Act was introduced to drive him from the stage. He turned to writing various 'comic epics in prose', including SHAMELA (1741), JOSEPH ANDREWS (1742) and TOM JONES (1749). A master innova...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.9 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140433864

ISBN - 13:9780140433869

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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In response to Richardson’s Pamela, Henry Fielding wrote the hilarious parody, Shamela. Readers delight in Shamela’s hypocritical and prudish attempts to get her master to marry her. The second story in this collection, Joseph Andrews, is an equally burlesque tale of the wanton Lady Booby and her lust for her comically chaste servant. These two tales will make you laugh out loud in a way modern fiction can’t in Joseph Andrews and Shamela.

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"Hawley's introduction is a model of what such a thing should be (for an undergraduate audience): full of information, but not too pushy. She manages to touch on a truly remarkable number of important bases in just a few pages—an impressive accomplishment. The notes are good, too. This is the best edition out there for college students." — Douglas Patey, Sophia Smith Professor of English, Smith College