Tag Archives: Samuel Richardson

perfide manon: peace with the “petit collet”

Perfide Manon and Abbe Prevost. She was the classic cocotte, and he the classic dupe; first the Abbe wrote his famous story, and then he set out to live it… …Prevost ventured back to France, and there was joined by … Continue reading

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hunger artists: culture of starvers

Is the act of eating that of conformity, compliance, acceptance and complicity? And its opposite, starvation, often as a public and publicized act, a metaphor for protest? That is, the denial and rejection of food is a metaphor for intolerable … Continue reading

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DISTURBING THE RHYTHM OF COMEDY

Epic deception. And arriving at the altar with a faint pulse.That was the view of Sarah Fielding, author and sister of Henry Fielding.  The epic notion of the “great end” enters the comic novel as the marriage that sanctifies the culture … Continue reading

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PREOCCUPIED WITH GOODNESS: Almost Forgivable Appetites For Life

Tom Jones was perpetually in delicate situations. As Henry Fielding remarked in one of his digressions,” It is not enough that your designs, nay, that your actions are intrinsically good; you must take care that they appear so.” Tom was … Continue reading

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LURKING DISASTERS THAT AWAIT ALL GOOD MEN

Peter Pumpkinhead came to town Spreading wisdom and cash around Fed the starving and housed the poor Showed the vatican what gold’s for But he made too many enemies Of the people who would keep us on our knees Hooray … Continue reading

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HENRY FIELDING :LONDON CALLING & POETIC FAITH

London calling to the faraway towns Now war is declared – and battle come down London calling to the underworld Come out of the cupboard,you boys and girls London calling, now don’t look to us Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the … Continue reading

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HIS MUSE HAD SUNG THE LOUDEST IN TAVERN CHORUSES

By the publication of Tom Jones in 1749, Henry Fielding had  asserted that the  idealized, morally beyond reproach hero is no longer a viable character in literature. The idea of perfectibility was replaced by human flaw and redemption. Secondly, Fielding … Continue reading

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A RAKE IN PROGRESS: WRITING ROWDY,RAW & REGAL

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu prettily characterises Fielding and this capacity for happiness which he possessed, in a little notice of his death when she compares him to Steele, who was as improvident and as happy as he was, and says … Continue reading

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BLOOD FLOWERS & HEADS ON THE DOOR

A genre of fiction which first gained popularity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the epistolary novel is a form in which most or all of the plot is advanced by the letters or journal entries of one or more … Continue reading

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A DIRGE ABOUT A ROCK AND HARD PLACE

The English novel is  a phenomenon that only took form in the early years of the 18th century, and is generally attributed to Daniel Defoe.  Prior to this time, stories were told either in dramatic form on the stage, or … Continue reading

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