Henry Fielding, Political Writer

Henry Fielding, Political Writer

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An accurate and comprehensive study of the political aspects of Fieldinga€™s 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 Fieldinga€™s work, it arrives most opportunely. The author offers here a wide-ranging focus and a firm grip on the shifting complexities of Fieldinga€™s political situationsa€”the loyalties and enmities, factional alignments and fractious rhetorica€”that allow a satisfactory understanding of Fieldinga€™s political writing. Political writing in Fieldinga€™s 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 Fieldinga€™s political context and extricates from the context Fieldinga€™s own political endeavours. Clearya€™s work will make many of Feldinga€™s 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


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