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Tom Jones (1749) [Novel]
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A foundling of mysterious parentage brought up by Mr Allworthy on his country estate, Tom Jones is deeply in love with the seemingly unattainable Sophia Western, the beautiful daughter of the neighbouring squire – though he sometimes succumbs to the charms of the local girls. But when his amorous escapades earn the disapproval of his benefactor, Tom is banished to make his own fortune. Sophia, meanwhile, is determined to avoid an arranged marriage to Allworthy’s scheming nephew and escapes from her rambunctious father to follow Tom to London. A vivid Hogarthian panorama of eighteenth-century life, spiced with danger and intrigue, bawdy exuberance and good-natured authorial interjections, Tom Jones (1749) is one of the greatest and most ambitious comic novels in English literature.

Original title: The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire
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Edition #1: Tom Jones

Tom Jones (1749)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Upon my word, I think the Oedipus Tyrannus, the Alchemist, and Tom Jones, the three most perfect plots ever planned." Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (April 28, 2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780140436228
Dimensions: 5 x 7.6 x 1.6 in
Pages: 1024
Notes: Introduction by Thomas Keymer

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Tom Jones (September 10, 2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 9780812966077
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 x 1.4 in
Pages: 982
Notes: Introduction and notes by Martin C. Battestin (1975) Includes geographical map

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Tom Jones (1963)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Signet Classics
Dimensions: 4.2 x 7 x 1.3
Pages: 864
Notes: Afterword by Frank Kermode

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