He was the son of a joiner (lower than the middle-class).
He went to
At 50 years old he wrote his first novel: “Pamela”, this book is in 4 volumes :letters written by a girl to her parents to describe her distress she had to support: she had to resist to her master’s attempt to seduce her, but she is a virtuous girl. At least her master merry her.
The second novel he wrote was: “Clarissa”, the longest book (7 volumes): violence and death of Clarissa.
As a printer he prepare a book of letters for every occasion: marriage, birthday, ext., ext.
Pamela was born from two ideas: 1-Richardson read on paper about female slaves seduced by their masters, 2-being a printer he decided to write a book of letters for everyone who can’t write it (for marriage, birthday, Easter, . ).
PAMELA- she was a honest woman who could have an identity only with the marriage, she is also a testimonial of this period.
Typical tendencies – the barrier between aristocracy and middle-class was breaking (social ladder).
The middle-class was rising: it had the money but the aristocracy had the title so there were marriage between the two class.
CLARISSA- is the story of a woman who disobey to her parents (she refused to marry the man that the father had chosen for her), so she abandoned the father’s hose.
He want defend the youth right.
In the novel the feelings are recorded day by day,
From Pamela to Clarissa there’s a sort of evolution,
In the novel there are 4 point of view (Clarissa to her friend and Lovelace to his friend)
He was born in 1660 ( at the end of Commonwealth) by a non-conformist family, and died in 1731.He was a radical for all his life, and a merchant but he went on bankrupt.
He became a formalist, secret agent and a spy (for the governors) than he started to write when he was 60 years old ( it was another way to make money).
He wrote “the review” the first paper: a political review which supported the point of view of Whigs, he wrote also some pamphlets (one of them: “the shortest way with the dissenters”).
That was an attack against the persecution: when it was published he was imprisoned and put to the pillory; he was rescued by a Tory’s leader but he had to promised that he had never wrote against the Parliament so became a spy for the governors.
1719 – appeared “Robinson Crusoe”
1722 – appeared “Moll Flanders” (autobiography of a woman, she used all that she has as a commodity),in the same year he wrote the “journal of the plague year” (account of the Plague of London), in this journal Defoe pretend to be a witness of the Plague, the journal in fact is like a diary.
ROBINSON CRUSOE – the first model novel of the English literature.
The author didn’t say that he wrote the story but he said that he found a manuscript.
This happened because it was the first time that someone write a novel so he was afraid; it’s an expectation of a realist history. He want to write real stories containing moral teaching. He want to write for the middle-class.
The novel is constructed in a double form, Defoe make that Robinson wrote the diary when he came there, the diary part was written on the island.
The story is narrated in first person, he is a flat character (he doesn’t change)
The protagonists are always alone, Moll Flanders is alone too
The protagonist have to struggle for their bread.
He was born
in 1665 in
He had economical problems because the father dead before his birth.
He worked as a secretary for a state man for the Whig part.
an Anglican priest and came back to
He wrote a religious satire: “the tale of a tub” , religious division and fanaticism.
It is the story of three brothers who quarrel for the father’s legacy.
The father symbolize Christ who left a message (the tub) and the brothers symbolize the different religious division.
also a political satire: “the modest proposal” about the Irish situation:
With this satire swift found a solution for this problem: the poor have to send their children to the rich so this person can it them and the pours have the money to live.
1723-l726 GULLIVER’S TRAVELS – it’s divided in 4 books and every one represent a travel in a country.
literature is important in
First travel: the island of a very small, brave and well organized people. They are also narrow mind because they were in war and the reason was how to cut a hard boiled egg (it symbolize that the war’s reasons are stupid).
Second travel: the country of giants, they are wise and here Gulliver become himself a satire.
Third travel: the place is called Laputa there are a lot of invention. He is in the palace of the king and ask him a lot of questions about the society ( Swift made a critic to the society but under an another point of view).
Fourth travel: the lost country where the human being live like animal and there’s the evolution of horses.
The narrative detailed very precise, the narration is very realistic, he describe strange people in realistic setting.
Fielding was an aristocratic ( on the contrary of Defoe and Richardson who were merchants).
attempted university in
He became a politic journalist and a justice of peace.
He was a honest and modern man so he want to reform the justice ( for example he didn’t want only punished the crimes but also don’t permit them ).
He wrote a satire (Shamela) where satirized the morality of Defoe.
In another story Joseph the Pamela’s brother is a servant and when his master died the wife try to seduce him, but him refuted her, he have to come back to London and after this moment begin the life on the road. This play is Picaresque.
In the play called “Jonathan” he satirized the human greatness.
In 1749 he wrote “Tom Jones, a foundling”, in this play Fielding give an image of different persons of different social status, every persons speaks with the language of the social class to which begin.
In “Tom Jones” he want underline ipocrity, greed, vanity, but in the same time he want realize the good values: honour, Christian charity, exc., exc.
Tom was a good generous man but he isn’t virtuous (he loves a lot of women) and he is an unheroic hero.
The plot is
built around Tom’s identity and the story is divided in three part:1)- Tom Jones in his youth, in miss Allwerthy home; 2)- his
adventure when he left the house; 3)his set in
The plot is also full of changes and dynamics.
The narrator is ancient, who comments in third person in fact each chapter is begun by an introduction made by the narrator.
He don’t want to teach something.
Dialogique part prevail
He was born in 1740 in
He moved from garrisons to garrisons, and his youth was full of experiences.
He went to
He wrote works: 1759 – 1767 “life and opinion of Tristan Shandy”.
1768 a sentimental travel book where he describes a sensation translate by Foscolo with “Didimo Chierico”.
He wrote a journal to Elisa in which he remembered the love for her.
A poet and a painter. He was born in
He became an engraver and a radical, in fact he met Payne (the leader of radical); he believed in a future society of equal, he wasn’t famous in his life and died unknown.
He wrote a lot of collection: _ Songs of experience
_ Songs of innocence
_ The marriage of heaven and hell
All this one were printed by his hands with engraving and colours all around. He invented a new technique “illuminate painting”.
He thought that the freedom from political chain was not enough, to be free you have to accompanied it by an internal freedom ( you’re not free when someone have power on you).
Blake thought that in our heart live in the same time good and evil, no one if completely good or bad.
He accused all the institution (Government, Parliament, Monarchy, army and the church)because he thought that they were institution of evil and were corrupt.