The Plays of Henry Fielding: A Critical Study of His Dramatic Career

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University of Virginia Press, 1989 - 170 pages

Henry Fielding was one of the most interesting playwrights of his time because of his historical position, similar to that of George Bernard Shaw, and his awareness of what it meant to be a playwright at a time when the native dramatic tradition appeared to have settled down for a long sleep and when the only hope for an awakening lay in such low crowd-pleasers as farces, puppet shows, "laughing" tragedies, and ballad operas.

By focusing on the plays themselves, Rivero tells the story of Fielding's dramatic career without burdening the reader with an exhaustive history of contemporary plays and playwrights. He provides us with a clear, critical account of Fielding's dramatic career in terms of trends in contemporary dramatic affairs that help to account for his artistic choices in individual plays.



The Life and Critical Opinions
The Generous Method of the Heroic

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Page 3 - Why, sir, your acting play is entirely supported by the merit of the actor; in which case, it signifies very little whether there be any sense in it or no. Now, your reading play is of a different stamp, and must have wit and meaning in it.

About the author (1989)

Alberto J. Rivero is Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University, Milwaukee. He has published articles in Modern Language Notes; Journal of English and Germanic Philology; and Essays in Literature.

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