The History of the Life of Mr Jonathan Wild, The Great

The History of the Life of Mr Jonathan Wild, The Great by Henry Fielding

The History of the Life of Mr Jonathan Wild, The Great by Henry Fielding

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. 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)

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