publisher, the sum of L183, 11s. Even greater works have fetched much smaller sums; but it will be admitted that Joseph Andrews was not dear.
The advantage, however, of presenting a survey of an author's life uninterrupted by criticism is so clear, that what has to be said about Joseph may be conveniently postponed for the moment. Immediately after its publication the author fell back upon miscellaneous writing, and in the next year (1743) collected and issued three volumes of Miscellanies. In the two first volumes the only thing of much interest is the unfinished and unequal, but in part powerful, Journey from this World to the Next, an attempt of a kind which Fontenelle and others, following Lucian, had made very popular with the time. But the third volume of the Miscellanies deserved a less modest and gregarious appearance, for it contained, and is wholly occupied by, the wonderful and terrible satire of Jonathan Wild, the greatest piece of pure iron
A quixotic tale
Joseph Andrews is a young, innocent, well mannered, virtuous and very attractive young man. He yearns only for Fanny Goodwill, who is a young, innocent, well mannered, virtuous and very attractive young woman, who in turn yearns only for Andrew.
However, a host of experienced, cynical, ill-tempered and mainly lustful characters seek to separate Joseph and Fanny at every turn in order to fulfill their prurient desires. These villainous characters also share the benefit of being well respected as well as advantaged citizens of their communities.
However, Joseph and Fanny come under the protection of the good natured, kindly and virtuous Parson Abraham Adams. Unfortunately, he is also exceedingly naive and somewhat eccentric.
Can this small band armed with little but morale and physical courage defeat the ever changing forces of evil arrayed against them at every turn.
I suspect you know the answer – but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy the confirmation.
A joyous funny romp – well worth it’s reputation
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