Author(s): Henry Fielding
Henry Fielding's powerful final novel is now available in an expertly edited and contextualized Broadview edition. This title includes appendices: From Alexander Pope, 'Essay on Man'; Samuel Johnson - The Rambler, number 4; From Covent-Garden Journal; and, 'The History of Mrs Bilson', from Sarah Fielding, The Countess of Dellwyn. 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 use of fragmented narrative. Compelling and personal, this novel shows a different side of Fielding's prodigious talent. The introduction to this edition, written by a prominent Fielding scholar, discusses the novel's formal and thematic departures, its place in Fielding's career, and its troubled reception.
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.