Henry Fielding

Henry Fielding's Death

Born (Birthday) April 22, 1707

Death Date October 8, 1754

Age of Death 47 years

Cause of Death N/A

Place of Death Lisbon, Portugal

Profession Novelist

The novelist Henry Fielding died at the age of 47. Here is all you want to know and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

A British author and playwright, he is best known for his 1749 novel, Tom Jones, which, at 346,747 words, is divided into eighteen smaller books. His other literary works include the 1732 satirical play, The Covent Garden Tragedy, and the 1741 novel, An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews.

He studied at Eton College. His first literary publication was a poem entitled The Masquerade.

He co-founded The Bow Street Runners, the inaugural London police force.

Personal Life

With his first wife, Charlotte Craddock, he had five children, all of whom died young. Fielding later married Mary Daniel, his pregnant ex-maid, and had five more children.

He and Christopher Smart were both eighteenth-century British authors.

How did Henry Fielding die?

Gout, asthma and cirrhosis of the liver left him on crutches, and with other afflictions sent him to Portugal in 1754 to seek a cure, only to die two months later in Lisbon, reportedly in pain and mental distress. His tomb there is in the British Cemetery (Cemitério Inglês), the graveyard of St.