by Henry Fielding

  • Category Classics
  • Format PB
  • Imprint
  • Price 195
  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-2944-4
  2. Pages: 366 pages
  3. Date: July 2013


When Lady Booby’s ever virtuous servant Joseph rejects her determined advances, she dismisses him. He then embarks on a search for his beloved, the pristine Fanny Goodwill. He is accompanied by his friend and guide, the hapless Parson Adams, and after Joseph reunites with Fanny, the three embark on a series of adventures. But they soon find that their dearly held scruples come into conflict with the various people—thieves, lovers, judges, self-professed Christians—they meet on the way.
Written in avowed imitation of the great picaresque novel Don Quixote, Joseph Andrews uses clever characterization to pit the wholesomeness of life in the country against the hypocrisy of the city. Quick-witted and thoroughly entertaining, this novel—both volumes of which are included in this edition—is regarded as one of the earliest masterpieces of the genre.


Henry Fielding, an English playwright and novelist, was born in 1707 in Sharpham, England. His best-known works include the plays The Tragedy of Tragedies; or, The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great, Pasquin: A Dramatic Satire on the Times and The Historical Register for the Year 1736; the parody An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews; and the novels The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling and Amelia. Henry Fielding died in 1754.

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