Joseph Andrews (Penguin English Library)
Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
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Henry Fielding’s riotous tale of innocents in a corrupt world was one of the earliest English novels, blending bawdy slapstick, philosophical musing and pointed social satire to create a work of moral complexity and generous, life-affirming humanity.
Published in 1742, it tells the story of the chaste servant Joseph Andrews who, after being sacked for spurning the advances of the lascivious Lady Booby, takes to the road, accompanied by his beloved Fanny Goodwill and the absent-minded, much put-upon Parson Adams. There they encounter robbers, tricksters, mishaps and strange twists of fortune, in a series of adventures filled with exuberant comedy.
This is an unforgettable novel of conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and Gothic melodrama.
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