Despite being abandoned by his parents, Tom Jones grows into a gallant and irresistible young man. Most of his time is spent romping through the English countryside, getting himself into all kinds of trouble with his good nature and unquenchable eye for women. After being betrayed by jealous relatives, Tom is exiled from home and must undergo a variety of trials in his quest to be reunited with his one true love and to redeem himself in the eyes of society. Filled with mischief and adventure, this bildungsroman is one of the most clever and witty novels ever written. Also included is The Female Husband, the previously unavailable sensationalist pamphlet about a legal case involving a transvestite.
About the Author
Henry Fielding (1707–1754) was a prominent writer of plays, political satires, and novels. His other works include Amelia and Joseph Andrews.
Table of ContentsPreface
The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling: Dedication
Appendices: Chronology of Important Dates
Index to Corrections
The Geography of Tom Jones (map)
What People are Saying About This
Not the serious moral intention of the author, nor even the superb fusion of all elements, can fully account for the pleasure intelligent readers have found for two hundred years in reading Tom Jones. One must recognize as a supreme aid to the success of the book the fact that it is composed with confident directness and precision, and especially that it is written in healthy high spiritsthat Fielding keenly enjoyed writing it.
The successors of Charles the Fifth may disdain their brethren of England; but the romance of Tom Jones, that exquisite picture of human manners, will outlive the palace of the Escurial and the imperial eagle of the house of Austria.
Upon my word, I think Tom Jones is one of the most perfect plots ever planned.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you're looking for something along the lines of a typical Hollywood love story, keep moving. Fielding does the job of bringing realism to life without necessarily dodging the demands of literature. This book was controversial when it was released, and it isn't hard to tell why. If you do take on the task of reading this book, be warned, do not read it in public places; you will burst out into laughter and startled strangers around you.
Who reads this and laughs not at all may be forgiven only as a simpleton, and does not comprehend.Who reads this and laughs but a little is too dour and prideful to be of much use, and only laughs when he cannot help it.Who reads this and laughs a score is the wretched false-wit, and only laughs when it suits his crowd.Who reads and laughs but once a chapter has a mirthful soul, if no great love for words.Who reads and laughs at every page shall be my boon companion, and a kiss for each grinning cheek.Who reads and laughs at twice and thrice a page shall be my worthy better, and may they forgive my endless queries.