Published by Hesparus in 2004. Paperback, used but in very good condition. A hilarious black comedy of manners and morals, based on the crimes and career of a real-life 18th-century gangland criminal, Jonathan Wild the Great is one of the finest satires in the English language. Jonathan Wild is truly great"-spurning the callow and spiritless ways of lower" men, he walks his own path to fame and glory, by way of theft, fraud, and betrayal. Against a backdrop of such colourful characters as the whore Miss Molly Straddle, the cardsharp Count La Ruse, and the base and weak Mr. Thomas Heartfree, Wild's passage from cradle to gallows is recounted with a humour that belies the subtlety of the novel's ironic themes. Novelist and dramatist Henry Fielding is best known for his light-hearted novels and satires. His masterpiece, Tom Jones, is acknowledged as one of the finest novels in the English language.