The Adventures of David Simple and Volume the Last
" The Adventures of David Simple (1744), Sarah Fielding's first and most celebrated novel, went through several editions, the second of which was heavily revised by her brother Henry. This edition includes Henry's ""corrections"" in an appendix. In recounting the guileless hero's search for a true friend, the novel depicts the derision with which almost everyone treats his...more
Paperback, 399 pages
Published May 14th 1998 by University Press of Kentucky
(first published January 1st 1969)
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It's unfortunate that Sarah's works are often forgotten in the shadow cast by her much more famous brother, Henry Fielding, because she does have some interesting commentary to share with readers. This novel reads like a travel narrative as the titular character roams London looking for a friend who does not turn out to be a horrible person. David is a naive hero and I cannot say I have much sympathy for him, but the novel does offer a witty exposition of London life in the mid-eighteenth centur...more
This was both excellent and terrible. Sarah Fielding had the same gift as her brother, but her education left a lot to be desired. A lot of this book was very sentimental, and rambling, but the long dull passages are suddenly shot through with a scene which is written with comic genius. So sad that such a brilliant person, like so many women at that time, could not develop to her full potential.
Sarah Fielding was a British author and sister of the novelist Henry Fielding. She was the author of The Governess, or The Little Female Academy (1749), which was the first novel in English written especially for children (children's literature), and had earlier achieved success with her novel The Adventures of David Simple (1744).More about Sarah Fielding...