Sarah Fielding Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Battestin, Martin C., and Clive T. Probyn. The Correspondence of Henry and Sarah Fielding. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993, 207 p.

Contains the first published collection of the complete correspondences of both Henry and Sarah Fielding known to date, as well as a selection of letters by other family members of interest to biographers.


Beasley, Jerry C. "'Novelistic' Fiction in the 1740's." In his Novels of the 1740's, pp. 181–4. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1982.

Discusses both the success and limitations of Fielding's attempt at moral allegory in her narrative David Simple, and its sequel, David the Last.

Bree, Linda. Sarah Fielding. New York: Twayne, 1996, 176 p.

Book length study of Fielding examines her principal works and includes a selected bibliography.

Burrows, J. F., and A. J. Hassal. "Anna Boleyn and the Authenticity of Fielding's Feminine Narratives, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol. 21, No. 4, Summer 1988, pp. 427–53.

Contains two essays. The first uses statistical analysis to support scholarly consensus that Sarah Fielding anonymously contributed feminine narratives to her brother Henry's novels; the second debunks the notion that Henry Fielding was a chauvinist, arguing that he used feminine narratives in his novels when they added authenticity, and thus was willing to de-center the male authorial voice in his texts.

Grey, Jill E. Sarah Fielding: "The Governess or, Little Female Academy" (a facsimile reproduction of the first edition of 1749, with an introduction and bibliography). London: Oxford University Press, 1968, 375 p.

Book length examination of Fielding's The Governess includes a complete printing history with facsimile illustrations and a biographical sketch focusing on her literary influences, views on education, and a discussion of the text's influence in children's literature.

Schellenberg, Betty. "The Road to Happiness: Conversational Travel in the Novels of Sarah Fielding." Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, Vol. 305, Oxford: Alden Press, 1992, pp. 1660–63.

Discusses how Fielding incorporated the conventions of eighteenth century travel literature into her didactic narratives with the conversational relaying of journeys being a reoccurring metaphor for personal exploration.

Todd, Janet. "Novelists of Sentiment: Sarah Fielding and Frances Sheridan." In her The Sign of Angellica: Women, Writing, and Fiction 1660–1800, pp. 161–75. London: Virago Press, 1989.

Examines the rise of professional women novelists during the Restoration, focusing on the author's presentation of self and personal autonomy.