Henry Fielding





Henry Fielding

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born
in Sharpham, Somerset, The United Kingdom
April 22, 1707

died
October 08, 1754

gender
male

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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 Westminste...more


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“No one hath seen beauty in its highest lustre who hath never seen it in distress.”
Henry Fielding, Tom Jones

“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.”
Henry Fielding

“For I hope my Friends will pardon me, when I declare, I know none of them without a Fault; and I should be sorry if I could imagine, I had any Friend who could not see mine. Forgiveness, of this Kind, we give and demand in Turn.”
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