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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749) written by Henry Fielding

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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749) (Book) written by Henry Fielding
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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (Book)

written by Henry Fielding

February 28, 1749
 
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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.