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Title : Fielding (English Men of Letters Series)

By Dobson, Austin

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Title: Title : Fielding (English Men of Letters Series)  
Author: Dobson, Austin
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EARLY YEARS?FIRST PLAYS. Like his contemporary Smollett, Henry Fielding came of an ancient family, and might, in his Horatian moods, have traced his origin to Inachus. The lineage of the house of Denbigh, as given in Burke, fully justifies the splendid but sufficiently quoted eulogy of Gibbon. From that first Jeffrey of Hapsburgh, who came to England, temp. Henry III., and assumed the name of Fieldeng, or Filding, ?from his father?s pretensions to the dominions of Lauffenbourg and Rinfilding,? the future novelist could boast a long line of illustrious ancestors. There was a Sir William Feilding killed at Tewkesbury, and a Sir Everard who commanded at Stoke. Another Sir William, a staunch Royalist, was created Earl of Denbigh, and died in fighting King Charles?s battles. Of his two sons, the elder, Basil, who succeeded to the title, was a Parliamentarian, and served at Edgehill under Essex. George, his second son, was raised to the peerage of Ireland as Viscount Callan, with succession to the earldom of Desmond; and from this, the younger branch of the Denbigh family, Henry Fielding directly descended. The Earl of Desmond?s fifth son, John, entered the Church, becoming Canon of Salisbury and Chaplain to William III. By his wife Bridget, daughter of Scipio Cockain, Esq., of Somerset, he had three sons and three daughters. Edmund, the third son, was a soldier, who fought with distinction under Marlborough. When about the age of thirty, he married Sarah, daughter of Sir Henry Gould, Knt., of Sharpham Park, near Glastonbury, in Somerset, and one of the Judges of the King?s Bench. These last were the parents of the novelist, who was born at Sharpham Park on the 22nd of April 1707. One of Dr. John Fielding?s nieces, it may here be added, married the first Duke of Kingston, becoming the mother of Lady Mary Pierrepont, afterwards Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who was thus Henry Fielding?s second cousin. She had, however, been born in 1689, and was consequently some years his senior.

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CONTENTS. CHAPTER I. EARLY YEARS--FIRST PLAYS CHAPTER II. MORE PLAYS--MARRIAGE--THE LICENSING ACT CHAPTER III. THE CHAMPION--JOSEPH ANDREWS CHAPTER IV. THE MISCELLANIES--JONATHAN WILD CHAPTER V. TOM JONES CHAPTER VI. JUSTICE LIFE--AMELIA CHAPTER VII. THE JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE TO LISBON POSTSCRIPT APPENDIX No. I. FIELDING AND SARAH ANDREW APPENDIX No. II. FIELDING AND MRS. HUSSEY APPENDIX No. III. AMELIA'S ACCIDENT APPENDIX No. IV.


 

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