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Fielding, Henry

Born: 1707 AD
Died: 1754 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Dramatist, Novelists, Satirists

1707 – Fielding was born in Somerset, England on the 22nd of April.

1727 – Fielding was educated at Eton College. He was involved in a romatic affair with a young woman which brought him trouble with the authorities and went to London where he started his career as a writer.

1728 – Fielding went to study at Leiden.

1730 – Upon his return to England, Fielding began writing for the theatre.

1737 – The Theatrical Licensing Act of 1737 is said to be a direct result of his activities, The Vision of the Golden Rump, is the particular play that triggered the Licensing Act.

1741 – Fielding’s novel An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews or Shamela which was an anonymous parody of Samuel Richardson’s melodramatic novel, Pamela was his first major success in writing.

1744 – Fielding’s first wife, Charlotte died.

1747 – Fielding married her former maid, Mary. Despite the controversy regarding his second marriage, became London’s Chief Magistrate and his literary career went from strength to strength.

1748 – Fielding retired from writing for the theatre and resumed his career in law, becoming a Justice of the Peace for Middlesex and Westminster. He never stopped writing poltical satires and satires of current arts and letters.

1749 – Fielding greatest work was "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling", a meticulously constructed picaresque novel telling the convoluted and hilarious tale of how a foundling came into a fortune.

1753 – Fielding’s health deteriorated that he went abroad to find a cure.

1754 – Fielding died in Lisbon on the 8th of October.