Henry Fielding: The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and of his Friend Mr. Abraham Adams

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  • Thomas R. Cleary (University of British Columbia)

Henry Fielding's first major novel, “The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and of His Friend Mr. Abraham Adams” (1742) centers upon the maturational, character-testing and ultimately identity-clarifying experiences of Joseph Andrews, a virtuous and handsome footman “in his one and twentieth year,” who, in Fielding's mystery-hinting words, “was esteemed to be the only Son of Gaffer and Gammer Andrews, and Brother to the illustrious Pamela [heroine of Richardson's very successful novel of 1740, Pamela or Virtue Rewarded] whose Virtue is at present so famous.” A parodic travesty involving reversals in the genders (or ”clothing”) of the protagonist and upper-class antagonist of Pamela, previously …

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Cleary, Thomas R.. "The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and of his Friend Mr. Abraham Adams". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 June 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=1642, accessed 01 October 2016.]

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