Henry Fielding is most well-known for his monumental novel Tom Jones. Though not necessarily common knowledge, Henry Fielding started his literary career as a dramatist and eventually transitioned to writing novels. Though vastly different in their approach and subject, there is a common thread in Fielding’s work that spanned his career: marriage. Errors and Reconciliations: Marriage in the Plays and Novels of Henry Fielding explores this theme, focusing on Fielding’s fascination with matrimony and the ever-present paradoxical nature of marriage in the first half of the eighteenth-century, as a state easily attained but nearly impossible to escape.

chapter |22 pages


section I|64 pages

The Plays

section II|87 pages

The Early Novels

chapter 2|20 pages

The “Great Mogul” Turned Novelist

chapter 3|21 pages

From Sham Marriage to a Proper Marriage Plot

Shamela and Joseph Andrews

chapter 4|17 pages

The Amorous Storyline of Jonathan Wild

section III|52 pages

The Novels of Maturity

chapter 6|27 pages

The Domesticated Rake Made Novel

Tom Jones

chapter 7|19 pages

The Good Wife and Her Careless Husband


chapter |6 pages


The Marriage of Comedy and Tragedy: Elevating the New Species of Writing