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Nation & NovelThe English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day$
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Patrick Parrinder

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264858

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.001.0001

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The Novel of Suffering: Richardson, Fielding, and Goldsmith

The Novel of Suffering: Richardson, Fielding, and Goldsmith

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(p.106) 5 The Novel of Suffering: Richardson, Fielding, and Goldsmith
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Nation & Novel
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Patrick Parrinder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.003.0006

Samuel Richardson's Clarissa, Amelia and Oliver Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield and other works are all examined in detail in the chapter. The novels are known for their biblical reference to the Book of Job since it this considered as the greatest poem in 18th-century England. One of the common themes that the novels share with the Book of Job is the presence of a hidden god that sides with the protagonist at the end.

Keywords:   Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Book of Job, Amelia, Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield

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