Early Works: 'Aesop's Fables', 'Letters Written to and for Particular Friends' and Other Works

Early Works: 'Aesop's Fables', 'Letters Written to and for Particular Friends' and Other Works

by Samuel Richardson
     
 

This is the first edition to assemble all of the earliest known works by Samuel Richardson (1689–1761), one of the most influential authors in the English tradition. Richardson's exercises in conduct-writing, religious controversialism, anti-theatrical polemic, occasional verse, literary criticism – and his popular and surprisingly revealing edition of…  See more details below

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This is the first edition to assemble all of the earliest known works by Samuel Richardson (1689–1761), one of the most influential authors in the English tradition. Richardson's exercises in conduct-writing, religious controversialism, anti-theatrical polemic, occasional verse, literary criticism – and his popular and surprisingly revealing edition of Aesop's Fables – resonate throughout his later work while claiming ample legitimacy of their own. Readers familiar with only Pamela, Clarissa and Sir Charles Grandison will gain a fresh appreciation of the genesis of and the historical and cultural complexities at work in these famous novels, and readers new to Richardson will encounter an agile writer who invites closer consideration. A lengthy introduction situates the constituent works in Richardson's career as well as in the period more broadly, and the extensive textual apparatus records the bibliographical histories of the texts and their treatment by their present editor.

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"The editorial apparatus in excellent, especially the invaluable explanatory notes....This Cambridge edition of Richardson is a must-have for specialists....Essential."
--Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521830522
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2011
Series:
Cambridge Edition of the Works of Samuel Richardson Series
Pages:
832
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.90(d)

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Alexander Pettit is Professor of English at the University of North Texas.

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