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A Henry Fielding companion /
Martin C. Battestin.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
description
xxviii, 333 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
031329707X (alk. paper), 9780313297076 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
isbn
031329707X (alk. paper)
9780313297076 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3857023
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-314) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Martin C. Battestin is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Virginia
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2001-01-01:
Battestin (English, Univ. of Virginia) has prepared a delightful vade mecum for academic readers, undergraduates through faculty, who are studying Fielding and his world. Cross-references in boldface--"Family and Household" and "Others in the Life"--make clear Fielding's roles as playwright, novelist, and magistrater. "Themes and Topics," presenting Fielding's views on abstractions such as chastity and clergy, frequently close with see references referring to works cited. Tactfully, Battestin presents Crane's seminal 1934 interpretation of Latitudinarians, repeatedly challenged by Greene (1977), and declares that Greene's "characterization of eighteenth-century Anglicanism as uniformly Augustinian is demonstrably incorrect." Documentation is supplied by 13 pages of works cited, a ten-page bibliography, and an excellent index. Highly recommended. H. M. Barber; New Mexico State University
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'œBattestin has prepared a delightful vade mecum for academic readers, undergraduates through faculty, who are studying Fielding and his world....Highly recommended.'' Choice
'œFielding studies have flourished in the past forty years in large part because its examplars, Messrs. Battestin and Paulson, have set a high standard for work that articulates relationships: sermons and satire, social history and literary tradition, life and works....[o]ffers copious biographical and textual information; its two pages (219-220) on Fielding's "manuscripts" are remarkable for the generosity with which they condense a lifetime's pursuit of these documents. But the Companion also includes entries on Dryden, Rochester, Pope, Swift, and the Scriblerus Club that reveal Mr.Battestin's mastery of the great theme of Mr.Paulson's early career, the relationship between "satire and the novel."'' The Scriblerian
'œThe ease of reference from this list--names cited under their works--allows a user efficiently to group ideas and character traits better to understand the pattern in the carpet of Fielding's works....The light that Professor Battestin casts shows fully the plenitude, variety, and organicism in Fielding's life and literature. Rich in local detail, A Fielding Companion makes us naturalized citizens of Fielding's world and time. Opening that work to cultivate our sympathetic understanding, Martin Battestin performs the ultimate act of liberal learning through significant scholarship.'' The East-Central Intelligencer
'œThe organizations, frequent cross-referencing, table of contents, and index provide easy access to a complete range of the life and works of Henry Fielding.'' ARBA
"The work Professor Battestin has produced, A Henry Fielding Companion, is a remarkable achievement. It is full of accurate information and important insights presented in a very clear and attractive style. A Henry Fielding Companion will be of great benefit to both the eighteenth-century specialist and the general reader." - Frederick G. Ribble Author of Fieldings Library: An Annotated Catalogue
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Summaries
Long Description
Best remembered as the author of Joseph Andrews (1742), Tom Jones (1749) and Amelia (1751), Henry Fielding was one of the most important pioneering English novelists of the eighteenth century, and his works continue to occupy a central place in the literary canon. During the 1730s he was the most dominant playwright in London since John Dryden; and in his official capacity as a magistrate, he addressed serious social problems and invented the modern metropolitan police. This reference book makes essential information available to readers interested in Fielding, his life, and his works. The volume is organized in sections devoted to such topics as Fielding's residences; his family members and household; historical persons, including authors who influenced him; his works; themes and topics important to his writings; and characters in his plays and prose fiction. Each section contains numerous entries on particular items, and many entries provide brief bibliographical information. While the sectional organization of the volume invites the reader to explore broad areas of interest, a thorough index provides convenient alphabetical access to the entries. A brief introductory essay and chronology begin the volume, and the book concludes with an extensive bibliography.
Long Description
Best remembered as the author of Joseph AndrewS≪/i> (1742), Tom JoneS≪/i> (1749) and Amelia (1751), Henry Fielding was one of the most important pioneering English novelists of the eighteenth century, and his works continue to occupy a central place in the literary canon. During the 1730s he was the most dominant playwright in London since John Dryden; and in his official capacity as a magistrate, he addressed serious social problems and invented the modern metropolitan police. This reference book makes essential information available to readers interested in Fielding, his life, and his works. The volume is organized in sections devoted to such topics as Fielding's residences; his family members and household; historical persons, including authors who influenced him; his works; themes and topics important to his writings; and characters in his plays and prose fiction. Each section contains numerous entries on particular items, and many entries provide brief bibliographical information. While the sectional organization of the volume invites the reader to explore broad areas of interest, a thorough index provides convenient alphabetical access to the entries. A brief introductory essay and chronology begin the volume, and the book concludes with an extensive bibliography.
Unpaid Annotation
Best known as the author of Joseph Andrews (1742), Tom Jones (1749), and Amelia (1751), Henry Fielding was one of the most important pioneering English novelists, and his works continue to hold a central place in the literary canon. This reference book is a comprehensive guide to his life and writings. The volume is organized in several broad sections devoted to his residences, family and household, historical figures and literary influences, works, themes, and characters. Each section provides entries for individual items, many of which are accompanied by bibliographical references. The volume begins with a brief introductory essay and chronology and concludes with extensive bibliographical material. The sectional organization of the book invites study of particular aspects of Fielding's career, while an index provides convenient alphabetical access to the entries.
Unpaid Annotation
Entries for works, characters, themes, historical figures, and other topics provide comprehensive coverage of Fielding's life and career.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Chronologyp. xvii
Residencesp. 1
Family and Householdp. 7
Others in the Lifep. 19
Works by Fieldingp. 171
Journalismp. 171
Legal and Social Worksp. 172
Miscellanies (1743)p. 174
Miscellaneous Prosep. 175
Playsp. 178
Poetryp. 187
Prose Fictionp. 191
Puppet Theaterp. 195
Translationsp. 196
Universal Register Officep. 197
Works Probably by Fieldingp. 199
Journalismp. 199
Poetryp. 206
Prosep. 207
Lettersp. 209
Manuscriptsp. 219
Themes and Topicsp. 221
Characters in the Plays and Fictionp. 249
In the Playsp. 249
In the Fictionp. 269
Index to the Charactersp. 285
Works Citedp. 293
Bibliographyp. 307
Indexp. 315
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