By J A Downie
Most sensible identified this present day because the writer of 3 seminal novels, Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones and Amelia, Henry Fielding (1707-1754) used to be the main winning playwright of his day till Walpole placed an finish to politics at the level by means of passing the theatrical Licensing Act of 1737 - 'the maximum dramatist, with the one exception of Shakespeare, produced via England among the center a while and the 19th century', based on George Bernard Shaw. Turning to political journalism, Fielding wrote the lead essays for periodicals corresponding to The Champion (1739-1741), the genuine Patriot (1745-1746) and The Jacobite's magazine (1747-1748), in addition to swingeing political satire in prose and verse. even though students agree that Fielding subscribed to Revolution ideas, present money owed of his political principles are insufficiently conscious not just of the constitution of politics within the first 1/2 the eighteenth century, yet of the ways that a number of the strands of Whig political ideology built through the sixty years following the Revolution of 1688. This political biography explains and illustrates what 'being a Whig' intended to Fielding.
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For my Part, I am at a Loss to see why a Man, who has brought 100,000l. 42 28 A Political Biography of Henry Fielding The attitude of country squires such as Sir Positive, whose abhorrence of innovation extends to disparaging the pretensions of the peerage on the grounds that ‘a Lord’ is ‘A Title of Yesterday! ’,43 offers a useful gloss on Fielding’s observation. However ludicrous they may seem, such remarks are not entirely innocent. In Tom Jones, Squire Western ‘hate[s] all Lords’ because ‘they are a Parcel of Courtiers and Hannoverians, and [he] will have nothing to do with them’ (XVI.
Orator’ ( John Henley ), ‘Monsieur Pantomime’ ( John Rich), and ‘Mrs. Novel’ (Eliza Haywood). Perhaps it was because the objects of his satire were the sort of targets habitually ridiculed by the Scriblerian satirists, rather than any overt attempt to situate himself alongside the opposition to Walpole, which led Fielding to claim on the title page of the printed version of The Author’s Farce; and the Pleasures of the Town. As Acted at the Theatre in the Hay-Market that it was ‘Written by Scriblerus Secundus’.
What do you think of the Play? Mar. sen. It may be a very good one, for ought I know; but I am resolv’d, since the Town will not receive any of mine, they shall have none from any other. I’ll keep them to their old Diet. Mar. jun. But suppose they won’t feed on’t. Mar. sen. Then it shall be cramm’d down their Throats. Mar. jun. I wish, Father, you wou’d leave me that Art for a Legacy, since I am afraid I am like to have no other from you. Mar. sen. ’Tis Buff, child, ’tis Buff – True Corinthian Brass: And Heav’n be prais’d tho’ I have giv’n thee no Gold, I have giv’n thee enough of that, which is the better Inheritance of the two.
A Political Biography of Henry Fielding by J A Downie