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About Henry Fielding Henry Fielding was born in Sharpham Park Somerset England on April 22 1707 and died in Lisbon on 8th October 1754 He was a great novelist and a playwright His contribution to the Novel as a form of expression has been fundamental and he is therefore known as the founder of English Novel His major works in the field of Novel include Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones Biography Life before Novel Fielding belonged to a distinguished family Henrys father Col Edmund Fielding had served under John Churchill duke of Marlborough an early 18th-century general with much bravery and reputation His mother was a daughter of Sir Henry Gould a judge of the Queens Bench from whom she inherited property at East Stour in Dorset where Fielding spent some of his childhood Fielding was quite young only eleven years old when his mother died His father married again and Fielding was sent to Eton College where he laid the foundations of his love of literature and his considerable knowledge of the classics After his studies he spent some years in leisure before he went to the University of Leiden in Holland for further studies However he had to unfortunatelt return from the university without completing his studies because his father could not pay his allowance and the university expenses any more After coming back he soon started writing plays It is believed that in all he wrote some 25 plays Although his dramatic works have not held the stage their wit cannot be denied He was essentially a satirist and his target was the political corruption of the times His plays were quite superior in quality and content and Bernard Shaw interesting commented that Fielding was the greatest dramatist with the single exception of Shakespeare produced in England between the Middle Ages and the nineteenth century1 In 1737 he produced at the Little Theatre in
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