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Publication date Usage Public Domain Topics librivox , audiobook , picaresque , historical fiction , satire , politics , criminals , thieves , 18th-century London. Jonathan Wild the Great, by Henry Fielding. Read by Denny Sayers.
This novel is sometimes thought of as [Fielding's] first because he almost certainly began composing it before he wrote Shamela and Joseph Andrews. It is a satire of Walpole that draws a parallel between Walpole and Jonathan Wild, the infamous gang leader and highwayman.
The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great
He implicitly compares the Whig party in Parliament with a gang of thieves being run by Walpole, whose constant desire to be a "Great Man" a common epithet for Walpole should culminate only in the antithesis of greatness: being hanged. Summary by Wikipedia For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats if available , please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.
The History of the Life of the Late Mr Jonathan Wild the Great by Henry Fielding - Free eBook
Near the beginning, the narrator claims that reading the lives of great men may be instructive as well as entertaining: besides helping readers to attain 'a consummate Knowledge of human Nature in general; its secret Springs, various Windings, and perplexed Mazes', he asserts, 'we have here before our Eyes, lively Examples of whatever is amiable or detestable, worthy of Admiration or Abhorrence, and are consequently taught, in a Manner infinitely more effectual than by Precept, what we are eagerly to imitate or carefully to avoid.
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