Henry Fielding Biography
Birthday: April 22, 1707 (Taurus)
Born In: Sharpham
Henry Fielding was an 18th century English writer best known as the author of the novel ‘Tom Jones.’ Well known for his earthy and satirical sense of humor, he penned several parodies beginning with the publication of ‘An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews’. Even though this work was published anonymously, it is generally accepted that he was the author. He developed an interest in literature as a young man and went to Eton College where he studied classical authors. He aspired to be a playwright and finished his first play in 1728. He then moved to the University of Leiden in Holland to study law and classics but was not able to complete his studies because of financial constraints. Forced to abort his studies and return home, he began writing for the theater to earn his living. An independent minded outspoken young man, he wrote plays that were openly critical of the government of Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole. However, the Theatrical Licensing Act of 1737 stifled the creative freedom of playwrights, forcing him to abandon his theatrical career. He embarked into a career in law and became a barrister. He continued to write and produced satirical works like ‘Tom Jones’ and ‘Joseph Andrews’ which made him quite popular.