Plays Directory : Tom Jones

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  • Author
    Henry Fielding (novel)
  • Written
    1749
  • Setting
    England, 18th century
  • Overview
    Tom Jones is a foundling discovered on the property of a very kind, wealthy landowner, Squire Allworthy, in Somerset in England's West Country. Tom grows into a vigorous and lusty, yet honest and kind-hearted, youth. He develops affection for his neighbour's daughter, Sophia Western. On one hand, their love reflects the romantic comedy genre that was popular in 18th-century Britain. However, Tom's status as a bastard causes Sophia's father and Allworthy to oppose their love; this criticism of class friction in society acted as a biting social commentary.

    The book was twice used as the basis for an opera, once by François-André Philidor in 1765 and again by Edward German in 1907.
  • Play
    Download the text for free from Project Gutenberg here: Tom Jones

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