- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (25 March 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140433864
- ISBN-13: 978-0140433869
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,59,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Joseph Andrews & Shamela (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 25 Mar 1999
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"Hawley's introduction is a model of what such a thing should be (for an undergraduate audience): full of information, but not too pushy. She manages to touch on a truly remarkable number of important bases in just a few pages—an impressive accomplishment. The notes are good, too. This is the best edition out there for college students." — Douglas Patey, Sophia Smith Professor of English, Smith College
About the Author
Henry Fielding (1707 - 54) started his career as a playwright until his outspoken satirical plays so annoyed Walpole's Government that a new Licensing Act was introduced to drive him from the stage. He turned to writing various 'comic epics in prose', including SHAMELA (1741), JOSEPH ANDREWS (1742) and TOM JONES (1749). A master innovator, he is credited with creating the first modern novels in English.
Judith Hawley is a lecturer in English at Royal Holloway, University of London.
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For those that are familiar with literature of the period, this story has a link to Richardson's 'Pamela', a story about a practically perfect young woman that resists temptation of every sort and was the best selling book of the time. She shows up in the story as Joseph's sister. Evidently Fielding thought the book 'Pamela' was a bit too self righteous and made fun of it. I have not yet read 'Pamela'; not sure if I want to.
Shamela was a more direct parody of Pamela, and shows a young woman using her 'virtue' to snag a good marriage. This is a much shorter book and written in the form of a series of letters written mainly by the heroine and her mother.
I thoroughly enjoyed both books. I still think 'Tom Jones' is the best of Fielding's work though.