Clarissa / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 70%)
Est. Return Date: 03/29/2015
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 34%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 92%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (63) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $60.00   
  • Used (62) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395051641
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/2/1961
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

English novelist Samuel Richardson was one of the pioneers of novel writing. His books, called "epistolary novels," are written in the form of a series of letters. His first novel, Pamela: or, Virtue Rewarded, is often described as the first true English novel. His other best known novel is Clarissa: or, the History of a Young Lady, considered his masterpiece.

Samuel Richardson was the son of a woodworker. He was born in Mackworth, Derbyshire on August 1689, the actual birth date unknown, but he was baptized on August 19, 1689. He began his career as apprentice to a printer. At 32, he set up a business of his own. Like many printers at that time, he was also a bookseller and publisher. A hard working man, Richardson became prosperous.

In the 1730s, Richardson began writing pamphlets. When he was 52, he published his first book, Letters to and for Particular Friends (often called Familiar Letters). He developed the idea with a purpose of teaching and helping uneducated people write their own letters, also giving advice on moral and social behavior.

He then expanded the idea into his first novel, Pamela: or, Virtue Rewarded, which was also published when he was 52.

Pamela is about the story of young girl, a servant who falls in love with a man who tries to seduce her. She preserves her virtue and eventually he marries her. The book was immensely popular. To prevent other writers continuing the story, he immediately wrote Pamela in Her Exalted Condition. Not everyone liked the character of Pamela. His fellow author and friend, Henry Fielding, was quick to parody Pamela by writing a comic version of the novel, called Shamela, that made fun of her virtuousness. Richardson never forgave his friend for this.

Considered one of the longest novels ever written is Richardson’s third novel, Clarissa: or, the History of a Young Lady, also written as a series of letters. It influenced the French author Pierre Laclos in the writing of his novel Dangerous Liaisons. Dr. Johnson (Samuel Johnson) and Henry Fielding (despite his parody of Pamela) considered Clarissa as a masterpiece, a work of genius.

English novelist and printer Samuel Richardson is considered a pioneer of novel writing and in particular, he is noted for his contribution to the development of the psychological novel. He died on July 4, 1761, at the age of 71.
Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

doubt; for her worthy lord makes no scruple occasionally to rave against me to man, woman, and child, as they come in his way. He is very undu- tiful, as thou knowest. Surely, I may say so; since all duties are reciprocal. But for Mrs. Greme,poor .woman! when my lord has the gout, and is at the Lawn, and the chaplain not to be found, she prays by him, or reads a chapter to him in the Bible, or some other good book. Was it not therefore right, to introduce such a good sort of woman to the dear creature; and to leave them, without reserve, to their own talk! And very busy in talk I saw they were, as they rode; und /ell it too; for most charmingly glowed my cheeks. I hope I shall be honest, I once more say: but as we frail mortals are not our own masters at all times, I must endeavour to keep the dear creature unapprehensive, until I can get her to our acquaintance's in London, or to some other safe place there. Should I, in the interim, give her the least room for suspicion ; or offer to restrain her; she can make her appeals to strangers, and call the country in upon me; and, perhaps, throw'herself upon her relations on their own terms. And were I now to lose her, how unworthy should I be to be the prince and leader of such a confraternity as ours! How unable to look up among men! or to shew my face among women! As things at present stand, she dare not own, that she went off against her own consent; and I have taken care to make all the Implacables believe, that she escaped with it. She has received an answer from Miss Howe, to the letter written to her from St. Alban's. Vol. II. Letter xlvU. VOL. HI. G Whatever are the contents, I know not; but she was drowned in tears at theperusal of it. And I am the sufferer. , Miss Howe is a charming creature too; bu...
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 2.5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    This an abridged edition so you are not reading the complete ver

    This an abridged edition so you are not reading the complete version as written by Richardson.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 9, 2010

    One of the First English Novels

    Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady is one of the first English novels published. I actually read this for my "Rise of the English Novel" class last semester. This is one of the better abridged versions of the Richardson's actual text--which I think is over 1,000 pages, if I am not mistaken.

    It is a bit of a slow read, but if you are setting out to read Clarissa, you probably are already aware that it was written in the 1700s and reflects the rather verbose writing style of the time. Yet even though the language is a bit roundabout, there is rich, RICH story here, and original, even for today. It is an epistolary novel, so the plot unfolds through a series of letters between various characters. The main focus is Clarissa Harlowe, of a somewhat wealthy family, who want their virtuous daughter to marry for monetary reasons (typical of the time). It seems Richardson is one of the first men to recognize that this view of marriage is unfair, and that women should have more agency. It's hard to give a good summary without giving away everything, but I'll tell you, the story features a self-proclaimed rakish character, Robert Lovelace, who wants to possess Clarissa, yet her family hates Lovelace and would rather her marry the "odious" Mr. Solmes. This is an interesting situation for the characters as Lovelace usually gets what he wants, Clarissa has to struggle with sexual urges and her standard of propriety, and her family feeds off of Clarissa's suffering.

    --Personally, I think that this novel employs themes of vampirism, though the idea of the vampire was not even available to Richardson at the time. I truly think Lovelace embodies the modern vampire, and that Clarissa's family acts vampirically too. Very interesting considering, like I said, it was only since the mid 1900s that vampires acquired their sexual appeal.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)