Henry Fielding  

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"It is Richardson and Fielding who have taught us that only the profound study of the heart of man . . . can inspire the novelist."--Reflections on the Novel (1799) by Marquis de Sade

It was through Fielding, indeed, that satire entered the English romance of roguery, which before his day had been peculiarly devoid of it. Swift, though he possessed the gift of picaresque realism, never adopted the picaresque form, but preferred for his masterpiece the slightly allied imaginary journey of Lucian, Rabelais, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Yet Swift suggested to Gay the theme of his roguish Beggar's Opera, and Fielding's Jonathan Wild owes a debt to Gulliver's Travels for something of its ironic spirit. If Fielding drew away presently from sheer satire to the novel proper and allowed humor to replace irony, Charles Johnstone continued in his romances of roguery the satiric tradition which Thackeray was to carry to perfection in Barry Lyndon.--The Literature of Roguery (1907) by Frank Wadleigh Chandler

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Henry Fielding (April 22, 1707October 8, 1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the novel Tom Jones.

Aside from his literary achievements, he has a significant place in the history of law-enforcement, having founded what some have called London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners.

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