Today’s Birthday: Henry Fielding (1707)

Henry Fielding (1707)

Born 22 April 1707(1707-04-22)
Sharpham, Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Died 8 October 1754(1754-10-08) (aged 47)
Lisbon, Portugal
Pen name Captain Hercules Vinegar“, also some works published anonymously
Occupation Novelist, dramatist
Nationality English
Period 1728–54
Genres satire, picaresque
Literary movement Enlightenment, Augustan Age
Relative(s) Sara Banerji (1900s author)

Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his humor and satire. He settled in London in 1729 and began writing comedies, farces, and burlesques, including Tom Thumb. Two of his satires attacked the Walpole government and provoked the Licensing Act of 1737, which initiated censorship of the stage and ended his career as a playwright. He thereupon turned to writing novels, publishing his most popular work, Tom Jones, in 1749. Why did he travel to Portugal in 1754? More… Discuss

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