Joseph Andrews and Shamela and Related Writings
This Norton Critical Edition reprints the authoritative Wesleyan text
of Joseph Andrews, edited by Martin Battestin.
An accurate text of Shamela (Fielding’s satire of Samuel Richardson’s
Pamela, the most popular epistolary novel of the eighteenth century) as
well as An Essay on the Knowledge of the Characters of Men, selections
from The Champion, and the Preface to The Adventures of David Simple
are also included. All of the texts are fully annotated.
"Backgrounds" contains generous extracts from works that Fielding
satirized—Pamela and Conyer Middleton’s Dedication to the Life of
Cicero—and emulated—Gil Blas and selections from Don Quixote, the Roman
Comique, and Le Paysan Parvenu. The section concludes with a general
explanation of the political and religious contexts in which Joseph
Andrews was written.
"Criticism" offers a broad range of responses to the novel.
Contemporary assessments include selected letters of Thomas Gray,
William Shenstone, Samuel Richardson, and others as well as commentary
from The Student, or Oxford and Cambridge Monthly Miscellany, by
William Hazlitt, James Beattie, and Sarah Fielding and Jane Collier.
Modern assessments are by Mark Spilka, Dick Taylor, Jr., Martin
Battestin, Sheldon Sacks, Morris Golden, Brian McCrea, and Homer
A Selected Bibliography is also included.
- August 1987
- 5.1 × 8.4 in
/ 512 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide