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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781145769519
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 2/24/2010
  • Pages: 650
  • Product dimensions: 9.69 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 1.37 (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.
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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...
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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