1 July 2020 Susannah

Henry Fielding & ‘Joseph Andrews’

Let me take you back to the 18th century when the novel was just getting going as a literary form. Henry Fielding was a magistrate and playwright and when fellow writer, Samuel Richardson, wrote a bestselling novel about a servant maid, Pamela, who marries her employer, Fielding felt the book was immoral. His response was to give Richardson’s character a brother, who nobly resists when his employer wants to take him into her bed. The result is the fabulous comic novel, Joseph Andrews.

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Featured image credit- Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews. Ann-Margret and Peter Firth in Joseph Andrews (1977), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076234/

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