Clarissa / Edition 1

Clarissa / Edition 1

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by Samuel Richardson, George Sherburn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0395051649

ISBN-13: 9780395051641

Pub. Date: 01/02/1961

Publisher: Cengage Learning

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780395051641
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
01/02/1961
Edition description:
ABR
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.97(d)

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Clarissa 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This an abridged edition so you are not reading the complete version as written by Richardson.
Stephanie-M-Grossman More than 1 year ago
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.