Henry Fielding: The Author's Farce (1462 words)

Pat Rogers (University of South Florida)
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Written at the age of twenty-two, The Author’s Farce was Fielding’s third play to be performed. It was seen on 30 March 1730 at the Little Theatre in the Haymarket, a kind of off-Drury Lane venue best known for informal and undemanding shows, by comparison with the more conventional fare of the two officially licensed playhouses in London. The work was published by James Roberts on the following day under the title The Author’s Farce; and The Pleasures of the Town. As acted at the Theatre in the Hay-Market. Written by Scriblerus Secundus. The dual title reflects a double structure: after two acts of normal dramatic representation, the third act takes the form of a puppet show, introduced by a director …

Citation: Rogers, Pat. "The Author's Farce". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 April 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=1548, accessed 07 May 2021.]

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