Real History of Tom Jones
by John Allen Stevenson (9780230602496)

Real History of Tom Jones
John Allen Stevenson
Release Date: June 2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 236
Category: Literature & Literary Studies
ISBN: 9780230602496
ISBN-10: 0230602495

"The Real History of Tom Jones" revivifies historical materials from which Henry Fielding constructed the greatest comic novel of the eighteenth-century. This study recovers and explores the contexts necessary to understand Fielding's subtle art, such as the bloody conflict for the throne between Stuarts and Hanoverians, a contradictory class system, game laws that both protected and flouted individual property rights, and a justice system that proclaimed hanging for many crimes but let most criminals go. Drawing on evidence such as the peculiar appearance of eighteenth-century money, the fraudulent autobiography of a gypsy king, and a magical prayer book illustration, the book offers new readings of both Tom Jones and the political and legal landscape of Georgian England.

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