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The Adventures of David Simple (World's Classics) [Paperback]

Sarah Fielding , Malcolm Kelsall
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1 Sep 1987 World's Classics
'What a knowledge of the human heart!' wrote Samuel Richardson to Sarah Fielding in 1756. Sarah Fielding was one of the earliest English novelists to explore the feelings of her characters, and her close friend Richardson particularly praised her psychological insight, and her awareness of 'the finer springs and movements' of the heart. David Simple is a hero entirely without guile or duplicity. Unguarded against the hypocrisy of the world, he is tricked out of his inheritance and sets out on a quest for a true and honest friend. Like her brother Henry, Sarah Fielding was adept at telling a story with great wit and irony, and this 'Moral Romance' presents a darkly satirical vision of the world. This edition of David Simple, her first novel, reprints the text of the second edition of 1744, which was substantially revised and prefaced by Henry, working with Sarah's full approval. The sequel, Volume the Last, published in 1753, is also included here; in it she achieves a blend of irony and sentimentality quite her own.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (1 Sep 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192817663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192817662
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 11.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 904,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah Fielding (1710-68) was the sister of Henry Fielding and a friend of Samuel Richardson. She turned to writing to support herself financially. 'David Simple' (1744) was her most popular novel and she also published a translation of Xenophon and the first critical study of Richardon's novel 'Clarissa'. Linda Bree has lectured at Queen Mary & Westfield College London, and the University of Essex and is now a commissioning editor at CUP. She is the author of a study of Sarah Fielding. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A dose of concentrated cynicism 17 July 2014
I bought this thinking it might be like her brother's better known novels but it is not exactly the same sort of thing. It is a rather a gentle read, amusing in places, moving in others; the story is not exactly a page turner and the early parts are a little slow but it is worth persevering. Essentially it is the story of a decent young man who is subjected to much ill usage by family, friends and neighbours but manages to retain a Pollyanna-ish outlook on life despite it all. His search for a true friend results in his marriage to the paragon Camilla and for a time they live happily with her brother and sister in law. A number of characters are used to illustrate the manifold foibles of humanity in an amusing and satirical style and there are several stories within stories. The final section contains unrelieved misery and concentrated cynicism as the characters are thrown into poverty through no real fault of their own and find little support from their supposed friends. Don't expect a happy ending but the period language is a delight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars David Simple 17 May 2000
By Allen Michie - Published on Amazon.com
An emotional story about a simple man and his three friends, all of whom are just looking for honest people in life and a place where they can all just live together and mind their own business. A bit like an eighteenth-century version of "Friends" or "Party of Five."
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