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And A. G. Ribble, Fielding’s Library: An Annotated Catalogue (1997), provide an invaluable resource for tracking HF’s references to authors and their works. ADDISON, Joseph (1672–1719), author. Except perhaps for the scene in A Journey from This World to the Next (1743, I. viii) where Addison is ridiculed, gently, for his pride as a literary critic, HF’s references to him are invariably complimentary, and they are extensive. In fact, except for Alexander Pope, no other modern author in the canon of HF’s writings is cited or quoted more frequently than Addison, the allusions adverting to a number of different works.
The title was conferred on William Feilding (1582–1643), the ﬁrst Earl of Denbigh, in 1622, owing chieﬂy to his marriage with the sister of George Villiers, the future Duke of Buckingham (and father of the second Duke, author of The Rehearsal , a play that inﬂuenced HF’s later experiments in “selfreferential” comedy). HF descended from George (1616–65), Basil’s younger brother, who would add to the title of Denbigh those, in the Irish peerage, of Earl of Desmond, Lord Feilding of Lecaghe, and Viscount Callan of Ireland.
Aldrit is important for the part he may have played in preparing the manuscript drafts of HF’s posthumous work, The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon, whose alternative versions have perplexed editors. ) ASH, Isabella, or “Belle” as HF called her, was the family’s maidservant. She witnessed HF’s will shortly before accompanying him to Lisbon in 1754. BARBER, Frances, nursery maid in Edmund Fielding’s household at East Stour, Dorset, when HF, his sisters, and his brother were children. In 1721, once Edmund had remarried after the death of their mother, their grandmother Lady Sarah Gould brought an action in Chancery against him, suing (successfully as it proved) for custody of the children.
A Henry Fielding Companion by Martin C. Battestin