Henry Fielding (1707-1754 / England)
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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I have found it; I have discovered the cause of all the misfortunes which befell him. A public school, Joseph, was the cause of all the calamaties which he afterwards suffered. Public schools are the ...Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. Abraham Adams, in Joseph Andrews, bk. 3, ch. 5 (1742). Speaking of his host, Wilson.
''Oh the roast beef of England,Henry Fielding (1707-1754), British novelist, dramatist. repr. In The Works of Henry Fielding, ed. W.E. Henle (1903). Air 45, The King's Old Corkier, ...
And old England's roast beef!''
''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).