Henry Fielding, The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon

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Henry Fielding’s final work, the unclassifiable The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon (1754), is also his boldest experiment in fiction. Part travel narrative and part autobiography, it recounts the author’s desperate attempt to flee to Lisbon before an English winter exacerbates his fatal illness. Somewhat ironically, the book almost never reaches Lisbon at all, as getting from Point A to Point B becomes a maddening exercise in bad weather and cutthroat capitalism. Whether or not the journal was composed spontaneously or after reflection, it shows Fielding coming to a startling realization of travel: that it is entirely at the expense of the traveler. As he writes, “There are many evils in society, from which people of the higher rank are entirely exempt, that they have not the least…

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Citation: Grasso, Joshua. "The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=468, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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