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Henry Fielding

(1707-1754 / England)

Henry Fielding
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Henry Fielding (Sharpham, 22 April 1707 – near Lisbon, 8 October 1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the novel Tom Jones.

Aside from his literary achievements, he has a significant place in the history of law-enforcement, having founded (with his half-brother John) what some have called London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners, using his authority as a magistrate.

Whereas Defoe and Richardson both attempt to hide the fictional nature of their work under the guise of 'memoirs' and 'letters' respectively, Henry Fielding adopted a position which represented a new departure in ... more »

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  • ''There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Amelia, bk. 9, ch. 10 (1751).
  • ''Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Amelia, bk. 3, ch. 11 (1751).
  • ''It is not death, but dying, which is terrible.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Amelia, bk. 3, ch. 4 (1751).
  • ''All nature wears one universal grin.''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Doodle, in Tom Thumb the Great, act 1, sc. 1 (1730).
  • ''A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!''
    Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Dr. Harrison, in Amelia, vol. 3, bk. 9, ch. 5 (1751). The proverb referred to was attribu...
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