ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fielding

(1707-1754)


Henry Fielding was born in Somesetshire and educated at Eton, where he was a classmate of George Lyttelton and Gilbert West; he studied at Leyden before pursuing a successful career as a dramatist and political writer. Banned from the stage by the Licensing Act, Fielding studied law at the Middle Temple (1737) and continued to publish essays, and, beginning with Shamela, novels. In 1748 he became Justice of the Peace for Middlesex and Westminster. Fielding was a close friend of John Upton, editor of Shakespeare and Spenser, who shared his interests in classical literature.

TEXT RECORDS:

1735[On Merlin's Cave.]
1739[Allegory of the Dunces; West's Canto of Spenser.]
1739[The Palace of Wealth. A Vision.]
1742The Song.

PUBLICATIONS:

The masquerade: a poem. 1728.
Love in several masques: a comedy. 1728.
The Temple beau: a comedy. 1730.
The author's farce, and the pleasures of the town, written by Scriblerus Secundus. 1730.
Tom Thumb: a tragedy. 1730.
Rape upon rape, or the justice caught in his own trap: a comedy. 1730.
A dialogue between a beau's head and his heels, taken from their mouth as they were spoke at St. James's Coffeehouse. 1731.
The letter-writers or a new way to keep a wife at home. A farce, written by Scriblerus Secundus. 1731.
The Welsh opera: or the grey mare the better horse written by Scriblerus Secundus. 1731.
The lottery: a farce. 1732.
The modern husband: a comedy. 1732.
The Covent-Garden tragedy. 1732.
The old debauchees: a comedy. 1732.
The mock doctor, or the dumb lady cur'd: a comedy done from Moliere. 1733.
The miser: a comedy taken from Plautus and Moliere. 1733.
The intriguing chambermaid: a comedy of two acts, taken from the French of Regnard. 1734.
Don Quixote in England: a comedy. 1734.
An old man taught wisdom, or the virgin unmask'd: a farce. 1735.
The universal gallant, or the different husbands: a comedy. 1735.
Pasquin, a dramatick satire on the times. 1736.
Tumble-down Dick, or Phaeton in the suds: a dramatick entertainment. 1736.
Eurydice, a farce. 1743.
The historical register for the year 1736, to which is added a very merry tragedy called Eurydice hiss'd: or a word to the wise. 1737.
The champion: or the British Mercury [ed. Fielding and Ralph]. 1739-41.
The military history of Charles XII, King of Sweden, by M. Gustavus Alderfeld, translated into English. 3 vols 1740.
Of true greatness: an epistle to the Right Honourable George Dodington esq. 1741.
The Vernon-iad done into English from the original Greek of Homer, lately found at Constantinople. 1741.
An apology for the life of Mrs Shamela Andrews, by Mr. Conny Keyber. 1741.
The opposition: a vision. 1741.
The history of the adventures of Joseph Andrews and of his friend Mr. Abraham Adams. 2 vols 1742.
A full vindication of the Dutchess Dowager of Marlborough, both with regard to the account lately published by her Grace and to her character in general. 1742.
Miss Lucy in town, a sequel to the virgin unmasqued: a farce with songs. 1742.
Plutus the god of riches: a comedy translated from the original Greek of Aristophanes. 1742.
Some papers proper to be read before the Royal Society concerning the Terrestrial Chrysipus, Golden-Foot or Guinea, collected by Petrus Gualterus, but not published till after his death [in Miscellanies vol 1]. 1743.
The wedding-day: a comedy [in Miscellanies vol. 2]. 1764.
A journey from this world to the next [in Miscellanies vol. 2]. 1743.
The life of Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great [in Miscellanies vol. 3]. 1743.
Miscellanies. 3 vols, 1743.
An attempt towards a natural history of the Hanover rat. 1744.
The history of the present rebellion in Scotland, taken from the relation of James Macpherson, who was an eyewitness of the whole. 1745.
A serious address to the poeple of Great Britain, in which the certain consequences of the present rebellion are fully demonstrated. 1745.
A dialogue between the devil, the Pope and the Pretender. 1745.
Dramatic works. 2 vols, 1745.
The true patriot [ed. Fielding]. 1745-46.
The female husband: or the surprising history of Mrs. Mary, alias Mr. George Hamilton, taken from her own mouth since her confinement. 1746.
Ovid's Art of love paraphrased and adapted to the present time. 1747.
A dialogue between a gentleman of London, agent for two Court candidates, and an honest alderman of the Country Party, earnestly address'd to the electors of Great Britain. 1747.
A proper answer to a late scurrilous libel, entitled An apology for the conduct of a late celebrated second-rate minister. 1747.
The Jacobite's journal [ed. Fielding]. 1747-48.
The history of Tom Jones, a foundling. 6 vols, 1749.
A charge delivered to the Grand Jury at the sessions of the peace held for the City and Liberty of Westminster. 1749.
A true state of the case of Bosavern Penlez, who suffered on account of the late riot in the Strand. 1749.
An enquiry into the causes of the late increase of robbers. 1751.
Amelia. 4 vols, 1752.
A plan of the Universal Register office. 1752.
Examples of the interposition of Providence in the detection and punishment of murder. 1752.
The Covent-Garden journal [ed. Fielding]. 1752.
A proposal for making an effectual provision for the poor, for amending their morals and for rendering them useful members of the society. 1753.
A clear state of the case of Elizabeth Canning, who hath sworn that she was robbed and almost starved to death. 1753.
The journal of a voyage to Lisbon. 1755.
Works. 4 vols, 1762.
Works, Wesleyan Edition. 1967-.