Tom Jones is rightly regarded as Fielding's greatest work, and one of the
first and most influential of English novels. Attacked at the time as `A
motley history of bastardism, fornication, and adultery', it overflows with
a marvellous assortment of prudes, whores, libertines, bumpkins,
misanthropes, hypocrites, scoundrels, virgins, and all too fallible
humanitarians. This carefully modernized edition is based on Fielding's
emended fourth edition text and offers the most thorough notes, maps, and
bibliography. The introduction uses the latest scholarship to examine how
Tom Jones exemplifies the role of the novel in the emerging eighteenth-
century public sphere.

Henry Fielding—Tom Jones

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