Tom Thumb, a Tragedy

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A farce by H. Fielding, performed and published 1730, and published in a different version 1731 under the title of The Tragedy of Tragedies, or, The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great. This is an exuberant farce in the mock‐heroic manner, ridiculing the ‘Bombastic Greatness’ of the fashionable grandiose tragedies of authors such as N. Lee and J. Thomson, and similar in form to Buckingham's The Rehearsal. It was published with a frontispiece by Hogarth. See Heroic Drama.

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Henry Fielding (1707—1754) author and magistrate

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