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Henry Fielding was born on April 22, 1707, at the family estate, Sharpham Park, in Somerset, England. His mother died when he was eleven years old, and, on his father's remarriage, he was sent to school at Eton. He left Eton at seventeen and spent the next four years as a gentleman of leisure. After studying for 18 months at the University of Leiden in Holland, he began to support himself as a playwright in London. He wrote 25 plays before his satire, Historical Register for the Year 1736, ridiculing Prime Minister Robert Walpole, led to the passage of the Licensing Act. This act, requiring governmental approval of all new plays, led to the end of his career as a playwright. Fielding sought to support his wife and two children by studying law, and he became a lawyer in 1740. He supplemented his income by writing for journals. Then, in 1741, he wrote a scathing satire of Samuel Richardson's popular novel, Pamela or Virtue Rewarded, under the pseudonym Conny Keyber. Soon after, he began work on Joseph Andrews, and this comic novel, often called the first realistic novel in English literature, was published in 1742. His beloved wife, Charlotte Cradock, who was the model for characters in his other novels, died in 1744. His support of the government during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 gained him appointment as Justice of the Peace for two sections of central London in 1747. There he gained a reputation as an honest and fair magistrate. He and his half-brother, John, established the Bow Street Runners, a forerunner of the modern police force, to help curb the rampant crime in 18th century London. In 1749, his second novel, The History of Tom Jones, was published, and, two years later, his last novel, Amelia, appeared in print. The gout that had left him a virtual cripple led him to seek relief in the warmer climate of Portugal in June, 1754. He died there on October 8, 1754.
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Literature Resource Center | Full-text articles from reference books and Twayne's Masterworks books. Also, journal articles, some full text and some excerpted. Click on "Works Search" and enter The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews. You will also find overviews and other articles that are not critical essays. Ask for help if you can't decide which resources are suitable.
Academic Search Complete | A multi-subject database, with many full-text articles. Be sure to check the boxes marked "Full Text" and "Scholarly (peer-reviewed) Journals" in order to retrieve the appropriate level of journal article for your research. Suggested search terms: Fielding AND Joseph Andrews, entered in this way.
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Project MUSE | The best results will be found using the Advanced Search option. To use the title in the search, put it in quotes in one search box, and type the author's name in a second box. You may want to add keywords from your thesis in a third and fourth box (click on "Add a Row"). Remember, the more terms you add, the fewer results you will obtain. This database is also entirely scholarly, so all articles will be of the appropriate academic level for your research.
Bloom's Literary Reference Online | This database is a collection of many analytical essays discussing literature. These essays, originally published in print form, are accessible now for research online. Find information about The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews, or read about Henry Fielding's life and his entire body of work.
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