With both books by Henry Fielding prompted by the success of Richardson's "Pamela", Fielding demonstrates his concern for the corruption of contemporary morality, religion, politics and literature in "Shamela". The same themes, together with a presentation of love as charity, as friendship, and with a sexual sense, are present in "Joseph Andrews".
Joseph Andrews, Fielding's first novel, and Shamela, a splendidly bawdy parody of Richardson's Pamela, tellingly reveal Fielding's great comic gifts. The great success of Tom Jones owed much to the establishment of the comic form in these early works.
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