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Jonathan Wild By Henry Fielding Hugh Amory Linda Bree Claude Julien Rawson Jonathan Wild The real life Jonathan Wild gangland godfather and self styled Thieftaker General controlled much of the London underworld until he was executed for his crimes in Even during his lifetime his a

  • Title: Jonathan Wild
  • Author: Henry Fielding Hugh Amory Linda Bree Claude Julien Rawson
  • ISBN: 9780192804082
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jonathan Wild By Henry Fielding Hugh Amory Linda Bree Claude Julien Rawson The real life Jonathan Wild, gangland godfather and self styled Thieftaker General, controlled much of the London underworld until he was executed for his crimes in 1725 Even during his lifetime his achievements attracted attention after his death balladeers sang of his exploits, and satirists made connections between his success and the triumph of corruption in high pThe real life Jonathan Wild, gangland godfather and self styled Thieftaker General, controlled much of the London underworld until he was executed for his crimes in 1725 Even during his lifetime his achievements attracted attention after his death balladeers sang of his exploits, and satirists made connections between his success and the triumph of corruption in high places Fielding built on these narratives to produce one of the greatest sustained satires in the English language Published in 1743, at a time when the modern novel had yet to establish itself as a fixed literary form, Jonathan Wild is at the same time a brilliant black comedy, an incisive political satire, and a profoundly serious exploration of human greatness and goodness, as relevant today as it ever was.
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    1. Henry Fielding Hugh Amory Linda Bree Claude Julien Rawson

      Henry Fielding was born in Somerset in 1707 The son of an army lieutenant and a judge s daughter, he was educated at Eton School and the University of Leiden before returning to England where he wrote a series of farces, operas and light comedies.Fielding formed his own company and was running the Little Theatre, Haymarket, when one of his satirical plays began to upset the government The passing of the Theatrical Licensing Act in 1737 effectively ended Fielding s career as a playwright.In 1739 Fielding turned to journalism and became editor of The Champion He also began writing novels, including The Adventures of Joseph Andrews 1742 , Abraham Adams 1742 and Jonathan Wild 1743.Fielding was made a justice of the peace for Westminster and Middlesex in 1748 He campaigned against legal corruption and helped his half brother, Sir John Fielding, establish the Bow Street Runners.In 1749 Fielding s novel, The History of Tom Jones was published to public acclaim Critics agree that it is one of the greatest comic novels in the English language Fielding followed this success with another well received novel, Amelia 1751.Fielding continued as a journalist and his satirical journal, Covent Garden, continued to upset those in power Throughout his life, Fielding suffered from poor health and by 1752 he could not move without the help of crutches In an attempt to overcome his health problems, Henry Fielding went to live in Portugal but this was not successful and he died in Lisbon in 1754.

    447 thoughts on “Jonathan Wild”

    1. I have no idea how or when I got this book I also have no idea about why I would have bought it I don t ever remember going through any kind of Henry Fielding mini fascination The only thing I can think of is that I bought it during my gotta get lots of mass market classics phase of ought three, or maybe felt guilty about not finding anything else in a bookstore and picked this up for thirty cents so I didn t feel like I was stealing yes, I must buy something in just about every upstate NY books [...]


    2. Since most of my reading list for Underground London has been disastrously dull at best, I was quite taken by surprise at the wit and humor of Henry Fielding Why haven t I read him before True, you may never be able to spell properly after reading this book and true, your moral sense of right and wrong might get permanently damaged But most importantly, you will now be able to distinguish between a GREAT man and a GOOD man They are not to be confused.I think I enjoyed this waaaaay too much Also, [...]


    3. Jonathan Wild,1683 1725.The Thief Taker General,was the most famous British criminal, of the 18th Century.After his demise,novelists,singers, satirists and reformers, praised and condemned, his career Wild, became better know, after his death,from being hung, what else Then when he was alive.That s immortality for you Henry Fielding s, Tom Jones black comedy, has little facts in it.It s really s about the corrupution of society ,then.Crooks prosper and honest folks, remain poor Sounds familar.Jo [...]


    4. I think a lot of people would tend toward being super cunty about the present day value of eighteenth century satire, but I finished this shit three hundred years later and it s still pretty damned funny GOOD WORK, HENRY FIELDING THANKS, EDITORS EXPLANATORY NOTES.


    5. Henry Fielding a luat literatura nu ca un scop n sine c nd a scris Johnathan Wild, ci mai degrab ca instrument politic, de i nu i neglijeaz stilul specific britanic, cu re ineri, ezit ri, aprecieri sociale, conversa ii i referin e la cititorii perioadei E foarte evident inten ia de ironizare a oamenilor politici de influen ai perioadei, imediat ce treci de primele pagini Dac treci la citit f r nicio informa ie despre Anglia sec.XVII XVIII, probabil c nu prinzi paralela pe care o face Fielding nt [...]


    6. First published in 1743 as a literary conceit that made use of the scandal surrounding the notorious gangster and thief taker Jonathan Wild, this edition has an excellent introduction 1982 by David Nokes and includes Daniel Defoe s profiteering pamphlet of 1725 as well as other information.There is not too much to say here Fielding, a radical Tory magistrate and humanitarian as well as novelist, uses the story of Wild primarily to satirise the corrupt administration of Robert Walpole and posturi [...]


    7. It is not to be doubted that there are two types of people in this world the great and the good Who is it that we admire Henry would ask you, and you will know from the sentiments aroused in your breast, upon the mere perusal of this, a masterpiece of satiric writing if there ever was one, despite it not being quite so good as the very best of the inimitable Jonathan Swift though it is sweet and instructive than anything that bitter heart could pen.


    8. For Henry Fielding, greatness rhymes with mayhem, and being a great man means bringing all kinds of mischief upon mankind.The book was refreshing and well written, and at times I was amazed at the sheer wit possessed by Wild and his ability to influence even the smartest person with carefully chosen words This book is a ferocious and, unfortunately, still very typical satire.



    9. In the first half of the eighteenth century, two prominent Englishmen acquired a reputation of great notoriety One of these was Robert Walpole, the first British statesman to be called prime minister This was not in fact an honorary title, but an insult, since it was then felt that no one politician should wield so much power Curiously two other political terms that passed into respectable usage for many years Whig and Tory also began life as insulting terms that cast doubt on the honesty of tho [...]


    10. Callous Cockney Crime Coconut Comes a CropperOn perusing a bookshelf in a Boston shop some 15 years past, my eye was taken by a paperback by one Henry Fielding and I was persuaded that though I had reached a fair age, I had not yet read anything by that august personage who had graced the curricula of so many English courses in my university days, which had been sadly terminated by the fact of the necessity of earning a living Though I purchased this object of my fascination, it was not till rec [...]


    11. Fielding opens Jonathan Wild by telling us that greatness has little in common with goodness, since universally agreed Great Men such as Alexander and Caesar were great by virtue of killing and conquering, not by being nice and if such disreputable behaviour on a grand scale constitutes greatness, then why shouldn t disreputable behaviour on a small scale, such as thievery, be a form of greatness also Fielding then goes on to spin out this joke, of describing backstabbing as greatness and compas [...]


    12. I had a hard time starting this book Fielding is a satirist, and from his pen flows hyperbole and excess Sentences often balloon to paragraphs That said, once I settled down and got into the narrative, I really admired this book The hero, Jonathan Wild, is incorrigible Based partly on a real life bandit, and partly on a politician the author despised, Wild is the worst sort of person, all while the narrator sings his praises and compares him to Caesar or Alexander the Great It isn t an easy read [...]


    13. The actual life of Jonathan Wild is an interesting one The book about his life by Fieldingt so much He uses words like Great and Honor but defines them for his own purpose And this book isn t even about Wild, it s of a commentary on how terrible of a person he thought Walpole was Which makes this book way to political for me.


    14. This got a lot easier to read toward the end, and the whole concept of an ironic epic hero is interesting, but DAMN was it hard to get through in the beginning.


    15. I m surprised that this book is so highly rated by so many, but I found little of the humor or wit that attracted me to Tom Jones, and without those there seems little else to recommend this book It s a simple morality tale with the Great Man irony laid on heavily, but I found nothing that made it stand out I ve read a pack of picaresque novels and this falls on the lower end in inventiveness or interesting incidence Wild is a static character, as many of Fielding s characters are, but he seems [...]


    16. Fielding s take on the idea that you can either be good or great but not both although you can be neither, of course Wild is obviously great b ut not good This is a take off on a real person, also named Jonathan Wild, who was hanged at Tyburn in Fielding s lifetime Also a bit of a political parody, punching England s buttons on its stance of being both good and great Archaic language but easy reading as Fielding is a great and good writer Interesting contrast to Thomas de Quincey s another, John [...]


    17. this book took me forever to read, not because its long about 200 pages , or because its bad, but because i had the misfortune of starting it right near finals time which totally distracted me from doing anything fun after it was over i couldn t really get back into it too easily while the book wasn t bad, it wasn t specatular either, and if allowed half increments of stars, it would get a 3.5 the characters weren t as charming or rich as they were in tom jones, nor did it contain as high quanti [...]


    18. There s not a stitch of character development here in fact, apart from the Jonathan Wild himself who s name was appropriated from contemporary headlines, everyone s personality is quickly summed up by his surname Fireblood, Heartfree, Straddle But while the book lacks psychological appeal, it is a cuttingly funny satire of great men particularly of Henry Walpole, about whom I knew nothing but now know a thing or two , and what the characters lack in inner complexity they make up for in scurrilou [...]


    19. This book was very mediocre The characters were not very well developed, and the story lacked substance It is written entirely tongue in cheek, like the other books I ve read by Fielding, but this one was not quite as funny I did like the Heartfrees, but was Mrs Heartfree really so amazing that every man who ever saw her fell in love with her After about the fifth time it got a bit tiresome.


    20. Satire this funny is a lost art Maybe it s just that I m particularly irritated by contemporary great man worship see especially presidential biographies, founding father blather, Darwinismism , but this was a nice breath of fresh air Why don t novelists these days write about the world instead of writing memoirs about their navel fluff I do not know.


    21. I loved Tom Jones , but this time round I found I could not abide Fielding s tangents I like the take it to the wall satire, but the character development just wasn t there Fielding was making a point, and he didn t bother with much else.





    22. This was good, though Fielding s satire eventually gets a little one note toward the end A lot of it is genuinely funny, though not pitched for modern sensibilities.




    23. Absolutely brilliant Fielding, always an enjoyable read, brings to life a somewhat fictionalised and caricatured Jonathan Wild, Thief Taker and organised crime lord in the eighteenth century.



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