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Tom Jones

Tom Jones

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Written by Henry FieldingAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Henry Fielding
Edited by Fredson BowersAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Fredson Bowers
Introduction by Martin C. BattestinAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Martin C. Battestin

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: September 10, 2002
  • Price: $12.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8129-6607-7 (0-8129-6607-4)
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Tom, a foundling, is discovered one evening by the benevolent Squire Allworthy and his sister Bridget and brought up as a son in their household; when his sexual escapades and general misbehavior lead them to banish him, he sets out in search of both his fortune and his true identity. Amorous, high-spirited, and filled with what Fielding called “the glorious lust of doing good,” but with a tendency toward dissolution, Tom Jones is one of the first characters in English fiction whose human virtues and vices are realistically depicted. This edition is set from the text of the Wesleyan Edition of the Works of Henry Fielding.

“Two hundred years have not dimmed Fielding’s realism. His humor is closer to our own than that of any writer before the present century.” —Kingsley Amis