With its combination of satire and sentiment, its focus on the seedy side of London life, and its unexpected shifts in tone, Amelia has intrigued and disturbed readers since its first publication. Eagerly awaited by Henry Fielding's eighteenth-century readers of Tom Jones, the novel perplexed many of them. Amelia counters the traditional courtship plot of eighteenth-century novels with its convincing portrayal of a marriage between an errant husband and his wife, and is ahead of its time in its depiction of the alienation of modern city life. Appendices include contemporary criticism and related works by Alexander Pope and Sarah Fielding.
Henry Fielding (1707-1754) was a British novelist and playwright, best known as the author of the novels Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews. Linda Bree is Commissioning Editor of British and European Literature at Cambridge University Press. She has published widely on 18th century literature, and is the editor of the Broadview Edition of Jane Austen's Persuasion.
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