Sarah Fielding

Standard Name: Fielding, Sarah
Birth Name: Sarah Fielding
Pseudonym: A Lady
Pseudonym: The Author of David Simple
SF , best known as a mid-eighteenth-century novelist, tried a range of other genres as well: history, criticism, a play, a translation, and a landmark children's book which is both a work of pedagogy and commonly billed as the first school story for girls. Her reputation is gradually emerging from the shadow of her brother Henry 's and enabling recognition of her status as a woman of letters, and her pivotal position in the history of the novel.


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Birth Henry Fielding
He was the elder brother of Sarah Fielding , and second cousin of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (their grandfathers were brothers).
Family and Intimate relationships Jane Collier
JC was living with Sarah Fielding in Beauford Buildings, London.
Scholars differ as to whether this was early or late in the year.
Keymer, Tom. “Jane Collier, Reader of Richardson, and the Fire Scene in Clarissa”. New Essays on Samuel Richardson, edited by Albert J. Rivero, Macmillan; St Martin’s Press, 1996, pp. 141 - 61.
145 and n26
Sabor, Peter, and Sarah Fielding. “Introduction”. The Adventures of David Simple and Volume the Last, University Press of Kentucky, 1998, p. vii - xli.
Bree, Linda. Sarah Fielding. Twayne, 1996.
Keymer, Tom. “Jane Collier, Reader of Richardson, and the Fire Scene in Clarissa”. New Essays on Samuel Richardson, edited by Albert J. Rivero, Macmillan; St Martin’s Press, 1996, pp. 141 - 61.
145 and n26
Friends, Associates Frances Sheridan
In London they quickly acquired an influential and highly talented circle of friends, including Samuel Johnson , Samuel Richardson , Edward Young , Frances Brooke , Sarah Scott , and Sarah Fielding . Richardson admired...
Friends, Associates Mary Jones
In her local life, however, MJ felt isolated. On one occasion she told Martha Lovelace (later Beauclerk) that her only friend was a young Student of Oxford
Jones, Mary. Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. Dodsley, 1750.
probably not an intellectually stimulating friendship...
Friends, Associates Samuel Richardson
His close friends, too, included a remarkable number of writing women: among others Sarah Fielding , sister of his literary arch-rival, Jane Collier , Hester Mulso (later Chapone) , Susanna Highmore (later Duncombe) , and...
Friends, Associates Sarah Scott
SS formed a friendship with Sarah Fielding at Bath.
Rizzo, Betty, and Sarah Scott. “Introduction”. The History of Sir George Ellison, University Press of Kentucky, 1996, p. ix - xlv.
Friends, Associates Sarah Scott
When these two settled at Batheaston, they became part of a circle of women that included friends they had already made: Sarah Fielding, Elizabeth Cutts , Margaret Riggs (whose daughter was to continue the...
Friends, Associates Charlotte Lennox
She met Sarah Fielding at Richardson's house, and became friendly also with Henry Fielding , Saunders Welch (the philanthropist, who later offered her employment), and Lord Orrery . She was presumably the Mrs Lenox with...
Friends, Associates Jane Collier
JC was a lifelong friend of Sarah Fielding and her brother Henry (who famously mentioned in a book inscription her understanding more than Female, mixed with virtues almost more than human),
Londry, Michael. “Our dear Miss Jenny Collier”. Times Literary Supplement, pp. 13 -14.
and of...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Inchbald
The story is set in London, where a brother and sister are starving, and are helped by a man who appears benevolent but actually hopes to seduce the sister. The pair turn out not...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Ann Radcliffe
MAR focuses on the impossibility for middle-class women of earning an honest living, and the gradual male takeover of traditionally female jobs. She laments the fact that men no longer offer women adequate protection, and...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Lamb
M. B.'s purpose in story-telling is not moral improvement but making little girls feel better (the youngest is seven): cheering them up since, newly sent to boarding school, they are crying for home; alleviating their...
Intertextuality and Influence Phebe Gibbes
She supplies a kind of cast list of characters, and says she has written A Dramatic Novel
Gibbes, Phebe. The Niece; or, The History of Sukey Thornby. F. Noble, 1788.
largely in dialogue, without the interruptions of Said he and Said she.
Gibbes, Phebe. The Niece; or, The History of Sukey Thornby. F. Noble, 1788.
(In claiming the novelty...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Sarah Gooch
ESG quotes on her title-page from James Hammond and early in her first volume from Samuel Johnson (no book was ever spared out of tenderness to the author).
Gooch, Elizabeth Sarah. The Life of Mrs Gooch. Printed for the authoress and sold by C. and G. Kearsley, 1792.
1: 11
The quotation from...
Intertextuality and Influence Charlotte Smith
Here, under the rubric of writing only scenes of modern life and possible events and eschewing the craze for the wild, the terrible, and the supernatural,
Smith, Charlotte. The Young Philosopher. Kraft, ElizabethEditor , University Press of Kentucky, 1999.
CS once more questions the social structure and...


By February 1752
James Harris (friend of Sarah Fielding and Jane Collier ) published Hermes: or, A Philosophical Inquiry concerning Language and Universal Grammar.
The British Novelist: Or, Virtue and Vice in Miniature was published in twelve volumes of abridged texts by Sarah and Henry Fielding , Richardson , Smollett , and Lennox .
The successful children's writerElizabeth Sandham published The School-Fellows, a Moral Tale, which devotes a chapter to commemoration of Princess Charlotte (who had died on 6 November 1817).
By Christmas 1869
Francis Galton , mathematician, scientist, and eugenicist, published Hereditary Genius: An Enquiry into its Laws and Consequences,