A Political Biography of Sarah Fielding provides the most complete discussion of Fielding’s works and career currently available. Tracing the development of Fielding’s artistic and instructive agendas from her earliest publications forward, Johnson presents a compelling portrait of a deeply read author who sought to claim a place within literary culture for women’s experiences. As a practical didacticist, Fielding sought to teach her readers to live happier, more fulfilling lives by appropriating and at times resisting the texts that defined their culture. While Fielding often retreats from the overtly political concerns that captured the attention of her contemporaries, her works are daring forays into the public sphere that both challenge and reinforce the foundations of British society. Giving voice to those who have been marginalized, Fielding’s creative productions are at once conservative and radical, revealing her ambiguous appreciation for tradition, her fears of modernity, and her abiding commitment to women who must live within forever imperfect worlds.

chapter |20 pages


chapter 1|23 pages

The making of a novelist

chapter 4|32 pages

The Governess, a new experiment in fiction

chapter 5|24 pages

Forays into literary criticism

chapter 6|19 pages

David Simple, Volume the Last

chapter 7|26 pages

Collaboration and innovation, The Cry

chapter 8|25 pages

The Lives of Cleopatra and Octavia

chapter 9|19 pages

The History of the Countess of Dellwyn

chapter |7 pages