<dTitle type=main>The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his Friend Mr. Abraham Adams</dTitle>
<dImprint>Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1967</dImprint>
<p>AS it is possible the mere English Reader may have a different
Idea of Romance with the Author of these little Volumes; and
may consequently expect a kind of Entertainment, not to be found,
nor which was even intended, in the following Pages; it may not
be improper to premise a few Words concerning this kind of
Writing which I do not remember to have seen hitherto attempted
in our Language.
<p>The EPIC as well as the DRAMA is divided into Tragedy and
Comedy. Homer, who was the Father of this Species of Poetry,
gave us a Pattern of both these, tho' that of the latter kind is
entirely lost; which Aristotle tells us, bore the same relation to
Comedy which his Iliad bears to Tragedy. . . .