Excerpt from Miscellaneous Writings, Vol 1 of 3But of all mankind, there are none whom it so absolutely imports to conform to this golden rule, as an author by neglecting this, Milton himself lay long in Obscurity, and the world had nearly lost the best poem which perhaps it hath ever seen On the contrary, by adhering to it, Tom Durfey, whose name is almost forgot, and many others, who are quite forgotten, ourished most notably in their respective ages, and eat and were read very plentifully by their contemporaries.In strict Obedience to this sovereign power, being informed by my bookseller, a man of great sagacity in his business, that nobody at present reads anything but newspapers, I have determined to conform myself to the reigning taste The number indeed of these writers at first a little staggered us both but upon perusal of their works, I fancied I had dis covered two or three little imperfections in them all, which somewhat diminished the force of this objection, and gave me hopes that the public will expel some Of them to make room for their betters.The first little imperfection in these writings, is, that there is scarce a syllable of truth in any of them If this be admitted to be a fault, it requires no other evidence than themselves, and the perpetual contradictions which occur not only on comparing one with the other, but the same author with himself at different days.Secondly, There is no sense in them to prove this, like wise, I appeal to their works.Thirdly, There is, in reality, nothing in them at all And this also must be allowed by their readers, if paragraphs which contain neither wit, nor humour, nor sense, nor the least importance, may be properly said to contain nothing Such are the arrival of my Lord with a great equipage, the marriage of Miss of great beauty and merit, and the death of Mr Who was never heard of in his life, c., c.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books Find at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work Forgotten Books uses state of the art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. Best Read Kindle ePUB Miscellaneous Writings, Vol. 1 of 3 (Classic Reprint) author Henry Fielding – bluevapours.co.uk
Henry Fielding was born in Somerset in 1707 The son of an army lieutenant and a judge s daughter, he was educated at Eton School and the University of Leiden before returning to England where he wrote a series of farces, operas and light comedies.Fielding formed his own company and was running the Little Theatre, Haymarket, when one of his satirical plays began to upset the government The passing of the Theatrical Licensing Act in 1737 effectively ended Fielding s career as a playwright.In 1739 Fielding turned to journalism and became editor of The Champion He also began writing novels, including The Adventures of Joseph Andrews 1742 , Abraham Adams 1742 and Jonathan Wild 1743.Fielding was made a justice of the peace for Westminster and Middlesex in 1748 He campaigned against legal corruption and helped his half brother, Sir John Fielding, establish the Bow Street Runners.In 1749 Fielding s novel, The History of Tom Jones was published to public acclaim Critics agree that it is one of the greatest comic novels in the English language Fielding followed this success with another well received novel, Amelia 1751.Fielding continued as a journalist and his satirical journal, Covent Garden, continued to upset those in power Throughout his life, Fielding suffered from poor health and by 1752 he could not move without the help of crutches In an attempt to overcome his health problems, Henry Fielding went to live in Portugal but this was not successful and he died in Lisbon in 1754.
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- Miscellaneous Writings, Vol. 1 of 3 (Classic Reprint)
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