An accurate and comprehensive study of the political aspects of Fieldingas art has been sorely needed. As a result of decades of work by literary scholars and a series of great historians, such a study is finally possible. This volume addresses that need, and, in the light of a recent revival of interest in Fieldingas work, it arrives most opportunely. The author offers here a wide-ranging focus and a firm grip on the shifting complexities of Fieldingas political situationsathe loyalties and enmities, factional alignments and fractious rhetoricathat allow a satisfactory understanding of Fieldingas political writing. Political writing in Fieldingas day, as in ours, was topical, concerned with evanescent problems and day-to-day needs that were familiar to contemporaries, but that are now recaptured only with greatest difficulty. This study constitutes a thorough reconstruction of Fieldingas political context and extricates from the context Fieldingas own political endeavours. Clearyas work will make many of Feldingas previously unstudied work accessible to students and scholars of eighteenth-century English literature. A necessary point of reference to both literary specialists and historians concerned with eighteenth-century England.Fielding recalls in the essay for June 12, 1740 that his publisher anticipated the heavy competition that long kept The ... the lead essay and the closing obituaries, stock quotations, and advertisements: most of a page in the two-page format and anbsp;...
|Title||:||Henry Fielding, Political Writer|
|Author||:||Thomas R. Cleary|
|Publisher||:||Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press - 1984-05-30|