1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fielding

Anonymous, "Literary Opinions: Smollet and Fielding" The Cabinet NS 1 (May 1809) 410.



Smollet's novels are animated sketches of life in its various situations: Fielding's are a true and perfect picture of character in all its shades and variations of hue. Smollet paints only the prominent features: Fielding makes us acquainted with the inmost recesses of the minds and dispositions, and places the whole man before us. We are acquainted with Random and Pickle; but Tom Jones, Sophia, and Amelia open themselves to us with the full unreserve of confidence.