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The inclusion of prostitution and sexual promiscuity in the plot was also original for its time, and also acted as the foundation for criticism of the book's "lowness. This work was published before January 1, , and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least years ago. Tom Jones is considered one of the first prose works describable as a novel.

The novel is divided into 18 smaller books. This work is incomplete.

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

If you'd like to help expand it, see the help pages and the style guide , or leave a comment on this work's talk page. He then became a lawyer to support his family. Throughout this time, Fielding continued to publish his political writings under a pseudonym. In , he anonymously published the story The Female Husband , a fictional account of a transvestite conning another woman into marriage.

This comedic novel follows the main character Tom Jones, an abandoned child, who is found by a wealthy member of English society.

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Tom falls in love with a girl from a higher class and their romance is forbidden, making for both a controversial story and a comment on social norms at the time. The book touched on matters that had rarely been written about publicly until its time, including prostitution and graphic sexual themes. Tom Jones was made into several movies and even adapted three times into an Opera. Allworthy gives Tom a fair sum of money to support himself, but it is stolen by Black George.

Tom considers joining the military. Tom frequently shows his benevolent spirit by helping an unsuccessful highwayman, a beggar and a lady in distress - all gestures which are richly repaid later in the novel.

Sophia is locked up for refusing to marry Blifil. She flees, and both Tom and Sophia try to locate each other on their respective journeys to London.

Henry Fielding and The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

She discovers he has slept with Mrs. Waters a woman he rescues and that he is mentioning her name to strangers, and she decides he must not love her.

candhodgpeboots.tk She then heads to London, and Tom follows her. While in London, Tom takes up with the promiscuous and wily Lady Bellaston , with whom Sophia is staying. She promises to help him but endeavors to keep the lovers apart.

Sophia is also roughly courted by Lord Fellamar. Her aunt, Lady Western, is anxious for her to marry him, whereas her father is still adamant that she will marry Blifil. Tom is innocently caught up in a duel and imprisoned.


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