sister of H. Fielding, published in 1744 her best‐known work, The Adventures of David Simple, a ‘Moral Romance’ with (in its second edition of that year) a preface by her brother Henry; it was followed by Familiar Letters between the Principal Characters in David Simple (1747), and Volume the Last (1753), completing the story of Simple. With Jane Collier she published The Cry (1754), a clever dialogue between Portia (the Solo) representing integrity, and an audience (the Chorus) representing malice and ignorance. Her other works include The Lives of Cleopatra and Octavia (1757), The History of the Countess of Dellwyn (1759), and the light‐hearted History of Ophelia (1760). The Governess (1749) was the first English novel written for children. Her translations of Xenophon's Memorabilia and Apologia appeared in 1762.
Sarah Fielding was one of the earliest of the English novelists to explore with close attention varying states of feeling and the roots of motive.