Tag Archives: Henry Fielding

sages of the stoop and curb

In New York, people of all sorts freely mix with each other; but only slightly do they thaw and melt into a common pool of humanity. Edward Adler: Notes From a Dark Street. 1962. ….Martyrdom and suffering recounted in some … Continue reading

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london calling : crumb’s boswell journal

Adult sexual obsession. A madness that is disquietingly normal. The madness of the ordinary.The kind of torment that completes itself in sexual obsession. There is something uncanny in Robert Crumb’s caricatures of James Boswell, something that connects bad and bawdy … Continue reading

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mike waterson: today bright phoebus is smiling

The Guardian:As the seminal traditional folk group of the 1960s, with Mike as the male lead singer, the Watersons toured the country with traditional English songs in harmony and largely unaccompanied, breaking the mould of guitar and banjo-led folk groups. … Continue reading

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AVOIDING THOSE PERIPHERAL REGIONS OF ROMANCE

Call it a poetic faith whose satisfying sense of wonder compelled them to stop short of that marvellous and enticing flame of Promethean enchantment. Heros zigzagging with tolerable chance. “…in the preface to Tom Jones , Fielding formally asserted his belief … Continue reading

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PREOCCUPIED WITH GOODNESS: Almost Forgivable Appetites For Life

Tom Jones was perpetually in delicate situations. As Henry Fielding remarked in one of his digressions,” It is not enough that your designs, nay, that your actions are intrinsically good; you must take care that they appear so.” Tom was … Continue reading

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LURKING DISASTERS THAT AWAIT ALL GOOD MEN

Peter Pumpkinhead came to town Spreading wisdom and cash around Fed the starving and housed the poor Showed the vatican what gold’s for But he made too many enemies Of the people who would keep us on our knees Hooray … Continue reading

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HIS MUSE HAD SUNG THE LOUDEST IN TAVERN CHORUSES

By the publication of Tom Jones in 1749, Henry Fielding had  asserted that the  idealized, morally beyond reproach hero is no longer a viable character in literature. The idea of perfectibility was replaced by human flaw and redemption. Secondly, Fielding … Continue reading

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A RAKE IN PROGRESS: WRITING ROWDY,RAW & REGAL

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu prettily characterises Fielding and this capacity for happiness which he possessed, in a little notice of his death when she compares him to Steele, who was as improvident and as happy as he was, and says … Continue reading

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A DIRGE ABOUT A ROCK AND HARD PLACE

The English novel is  a phenomenon that only took form in the early years of the 18th century, and is generally attributed to Daniel Defoe.  Prior to this time, stories were told either in dramatic form on the stage, or … Continue reading

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CLARISSA: NO PLACE LEFT TO HIDE

It is the prose of suspicion; an uncovering  of layers of disconcerting awareness between its lines. Samuel Richardson’s ( 1689-1761 ) ambitious narrative of tragic seduction is traced through the hundreds of letters written between Clarissa Harlowe, her confidante Anna Howe, … Continue reading

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