By J A Downie
Top identified at the present time 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 degree by means of passing the theatrical Licensing Act of 1737 - 'the maximum dramatist, with the only exception of Shakespeare, produced through 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 similar 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 supposing students agree that Fielding subscribed to Revolution ideas, latest debts of his political rules are insufficiently acutely aware not just of the constitution of politics within the first 1/2 the eighteenth century, yet of the ways that a few 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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In any case, his formal education came to an abrupt end in 1725 when he turned eighteen. During that summer he lived in a house his father rented for him in a village he described in the comic verses published in the first volume of his Miscellanies entitled ‘A Description of U[pton] G[rey], (alias Hog’s Norton) in Com. Hants’: As the dawb’d Scene, that on the Stage is shewn, Where this Side Canvas is, and that a Town; Or as that Lace which Paxton Half Lace calls, That decks some Beau Apprentice out for Balls; Such our Half House erects its mimick Head, This Side an House presents, and that a Shed.
Not only might these insinuations of bribery and corruption in the justice system have been compared by a contemporary audience to bribery and corruption in government, there was enough in the way Fielding presented his material to remind theatre-goers of the satiric thrust of The Beggar’s Opera. When Mrs Staff, for instance, says that ‘I have often wished my Husband would live by the Highway himself, instead of taking Highwaymen’,101 she renews the connection made by Gay between thieves and thief-takers and, implicitly, between highwaymen and politicians.
Tucker was reportedly ‘opposed to a connection with so dissipated, though well born and well-educated a youth’. Matters came to a head on 13 November, when Fielding and his servant, Joseph Lewis, allegedly tried to abduct Sarah Andrew by force on her way to church. , and his servant or companion, Joseph Lewis – both now for some time past residing the borough – to be bound over to keep the peace, as he was in fear of his life or some bodily hurt to be done or to be procured to be done to him by H.