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Henry Fielding. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and His Friend Mr. Abraham Adams. Illustrated by Norman Tealby. With an Introduction by J. B. Priestley. London: John Lane The Bodley Head / New York: Dodd Mead, 1929. [Originally published in 1742].

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“This fellow, who had a readiness at improving any accident, thought he might play a better part than that of a dead man; and accordingly, the moment the candle was held to his face he leapt up, and laying hold of Adams, cried out, ‘No villain, I am not dead, though you and your wicked whore might well think me so, after the barbarous cruelties you have exercised on me. Gentlemen,’ said he, ‘you are luckily come to the assistance of a poor traveller, who might otherwise have been robbed and murdered by this vile man and woman, who led…’

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Henry Fielding circa 1743 etching, by Jonathan Wild the Great (Wikipedia)

Joseph Andrews endpapers, by Norman Tealby

Here’s the rather ribald film poster from 1977 – it starred Peter Firth as Joseph and Ann-Margaret as Lady Booby!

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