Classic Novels The History of Tom Jones a Foundling by Henry Fielding 1986 Britannica Great Books Series Literary books for readers gifts

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This is a near fine (almost like new) hardcover. Encyclopedia Britannica 1986 28th Printing. This volume is like new inside and out. The inside pages are crisp and clean with no markings seen. The bindings are tight and straight, like new. Olive green hardcover boards with black quarter trim are also near fine with barely a hint of shelf wear. Medium octavo book size or 6.5" x 9.5" with 403 pages.

Great Books of the Western World by Encyclopedia Britannica was originally published in 1952 as a 54 volume set. The idea of the series was to present great books of the western world that were relevant to contemporary matters with important historical content. They were intended to be part of a conversation about great ideas and literature. They were re-issued in 1990 in a 60 volume set with some titles added and some titles left out. The idea for the series began at the University of Chicago where a course was developed with the idea of a round table approach for reading and discussing great books. The purpose was to fill the gaps in education and afford a well-rounded intellect familiar with the great works of the Western Canon along with great ideas.

Initial reception was poor but the first sets were gifted to Queen Elizabeth ll of England and President Harry Truman. Time magazine did a piece on the set featuring Mortimer J. Adler, Editor in Chief, who was integral to the university course and the subsequent set of books. Soon, the popularity of the series soared. The series features works from ancient classics to modern masterpieces.

This volume is The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling by Henry Fielding.
Tom, a foundling of mysterious parents, is raised by a benevolent Squire. Set against the backdrop of 18th century London, Tom grows and falls in love with a beautiful but unattainable neighbor, Sophia, whose marriage has already been arranged. Through his misadventures around the countryside, Tom finds himself banished and setting out to find his true identity, his fortune and his love. This classic work of English literature is Fieldings masterpiece. The complex plot, colorful characters, and humor made it one of literature 100 Best Novels.

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