Henry Fielding - Plays, Volume II, 1731 - 1734

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This is the second of three volumes representing the only modern edition of Fielding's dramatic works. Most of these plays have not appeared in print for a century, and never previously in fully-edited form. Fielding is best known as a classic novelist and the author of Tom Jones, but like his great model Cervantes, he came to novel-writing from an important first career in professional theatre. He wrote twenty-eight plays, including comedies, satiric extravaganzas, andballad operas. He was the leading playwright of his generation, an experimentalist and entrepreneur of dramatic form who sometimes also brought contemporary politics and public figures onto his stage with results even more dramatic off-stage.This volume presents nine plays from one of the most productive and successful periods of Fielding's theatre career. One of them, The Grub-Street Opera, is a ballad opera cheerfully mocking various public characters including the Prime Minister, Prince of Wales, and even King and Queen. Another, The Modern Husband, is a dark comedy attacking the cynical merchandising of sex, marriage, and influence among what passes for polite society in 1730s London. Most of the plays in thisvolume were major hits with long stage lives in repertory, including The Lottery, The Intriguing Chambermaid, and two of the great Molière adaptations of the century, The Mock Doctor and The Miser. Fielding wrote all four of those plays as star vehicles for the great Drury Lane musical actress Catherine Clive.The plays are given in critical unmodernized texts based on careful collation of the original editions, with explanatory notes and commentary on sources, stage history, and critical reception. All music is included, with appendices giving complete accounts of textual variation and bibliographic history for each play.
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Thomas Lockwood is Professor and former Chair of English at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he also serves as a member of the faculty of the interdisciplinary Textual Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University and has published widely on subjects in eighteenth-century English literature. Lockwood's work has appeared in ELH, Modern Philology, The Review of English Studies, Philological Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Prose Studies, and Revue de la litt�rature compar�e. He is the author of Post-Augustan Satire (1979), co-editor with Ronald Paulson of Henry Fielding: The Critical Heritage (1969), and editor of the drama volumes of the Oxford 'Wesleyan Edition' of Fielding's works, the first volume of which was published in 2004.
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Oxford University Press on Demand
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Published on
Dec 31, 2004
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865
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9780199257904
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History / Europe / Great Britain / General
Literary Collections / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Literary Criticism / Drama
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This comprehensive eBook presents the complete fictional works of Henry Fielding, with numerous illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

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* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL the novels, with individual contents tables
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* The complete 26 extant plays, for the first time in digital publishing history
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Famous works such as TOM JONES are illustrated with their original artwork
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
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Contents:

The Novels
An Apology for the Life of Mrs Shamela Andrews
The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews
The Life of Mr Jonathan Wild the Great.
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
The History of Amelia

The Plays
Love in Several Masques
The Temple Beau
The Author's Farce; And the Pleasures of the Town
Tom Thumb: A Tragedy
Rape Upon Rape
The Letter-Writers
The Grub Street Opera
The Lottery
The Modern Husband
The Covent-Garden Tragedy
The Old Debauchees
The Mock Doctor
The Miser
The Intriguing Chambermaid
Don Quixote in England
An Old Man Taught Wisdom
The Universal Gallant, or the Different Husbands
Pasquin, a Dramatick Satire on the Times
Tumble-down Dick
Eurydice, a Farce
The Historical Register for the Year 1736
Eurydice Hiss'd
Miss Lucy in Town
Plutus, the God of Riches
The Wedding-Day
The Fathers, or the Good-Natur'd Man

The Poems
List of Poems in Chronological Order
List of Poems in Alphabetical Order

The Non-Fiction
The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon
A Journey from This World to the Next
An Essay on Conversation.
An Essay on the Knowledge of the Characters of Men
An Essay on Nothing
The Opposition: A Vision
The True Patriot
A Selection from the Covent-Garden Journal
The Female Husband
Familiar Letters.

The Biographies
The Life of Henry Fielding by Sir Walter Scott
Fielding by Austin Dobson

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