The history of Tom Jones, a foundling

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The ‘Voice of the Year’ competition introduced and sponsored by Naxos AudioBooks and The Times books pages, edited by Erica Wagner, took place in Spring 2004. Readers without any formal drama training or professional acting experience were invited to send in recordings of a short extract of either Dickens, Austen or from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and an own choice. The judging panel – Martin Jarvis, Juliet Stevenson, and Anton Lesser, with John Tydeman, David Timson, and Christina Hardyment (audiobook reviewer for The Times), under the chairmanship of Naxos AudioBooks’ managing director Nicolas Soames – chose the winner and finalists from nearly one thousand entries. First prize was to read a classic for Naxos AudioBooks. The winner was Maurice West, a fifty-five-year-old English teacher from Croydon. His chosen piece was from Tom Jones and he was invited to read an extended abridgement of the same novel. ‘We were very impressed by the natural storytelling talent shown by Mr West, with a strong narrative character, a sense of period style as well as a firm grasp of the many characters who appear,’ said Nicolas Soames. After graduating from Cambridge, Mr West applied to LAMDA on the main acting course and was accepted. Unfortunately, he didn’t have sufficient funds to take up the offer and had to confine his thespian interests to amateur dramatics. Now, later in life, he has a chance to open a new thread of activity. This recording of Tom Jones is an important addition to the eighteenth-century audio library on Naxos AudioBooks.
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The foundling Tom Jones is found on the property of a benevolent, wealthy landowner. Tom grows up to be a vigorous, kind-hearted young man, whose love of his neighbor's well-born daughter brings class friction to the fore. The presence of prostitution and promiscuity in Tom Jones caused a sensation at the time it was published, as such themes were uncommon. It is divided into 18 shorter books, and is considered one of the first English-language novels.

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subject_facet England -- Fiction, England -- Social life and customs -- 18th century -- Fiction, Foundlings -- Fiction, Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction, Young men -- Fiction
title_display The history of Tom Jones, a foundling
title_full History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, The history of Tom Jones : a foundling / Henry Fielding, with an introduction by Claude Rawson, The history of Tom Jones, a foundling / Henry Fielding ; text edited by Fredson Bowers, The history of Tom Jones, a foundling [electronic resource] / Henry Fielding, The history of Tom Jones, a foundling [electronic resource] / Henry Fielding ; with an introduction and commentary by Martin C. Battestin ; the text edited by Fredson Bowers, The history of Tom Jones, a foundling [electronic resource] / by Henry Fielding
title_short The history of Tom Jones, a foundling
topic_facet Classic Literature, Essays, Fiction, Language Arts, Nonfiction, Study Aids & Workbooks