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- DescriptionThe Real History of Tom Jones revivifies historical materials from which Henry Fielding constructed the greatest comic vel 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 Haverians, 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.
- Author BiographyJOHN ALLEN STEVESON is Chair and Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado-Boulder, USA.
- Author(s)John Allen Stevenson
- PublisherPalgrave USA
- Date of Publication04/03/2005
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationGordonsville
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPalgrave Macmillan
- Content Note1 black & white illustrations, biography
- Weight450 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine9 mm
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