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Henry Fielding was born in Glastonbury, Somerset, England, on April 22, 1707. He was educated at East Stour in Dorset, at Eton, and at the University of Leyden, where he began his writing career.
In 1728, Fielding published the satiric poem The Masquerade, and had his first play, Love in Several Masques, a five-act comedy, performed four times at Drury Lane. His most famous novel, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, was published in 1749. Fielding was also an excellent journalist and essayist.
In addition to his writing, Fielding served as the manager of the Haymarket Theatre in London (1729-1737) and as a Justice of the Peace for Westminster and Middlesex (1748-1749). He had studied law at Leyden, so whenever his income was sparse he would "revert" to that profession in order to make ends meet.
Henry Fielding died in Lisbon, Portugal, on October 8, 1754.
Love in Several Masques (1728)
An Apology for the Life of Mrs.
Shamela Andrews (1741)
His Other Works
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