Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded / Edition 1

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Overview

"Pamela marked a defining moment in the emergence of the modern novel. In the words of one contemporary, it divided the world into 'two different Parties, Pamelists and Antipamelists', even eclipsing the sensational factional politics of the day. Preached up for its morality, and denounced as pornography in disguise, it vividiy describes a young servant's long resistance to the attempts of her predatory master to seduce her. Written in the voice of its low-born heroine, but by a printer who fifteen years earlier had narrowly escaped imprisonment for the seditious output of his press, Pamela is not only a work of pioneering psychological complexity, but also a compelling and provocative study of power and its abuse."--BOOK JACKET.
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Miriam Rothschild
About love and affection, spring and picnics on frosty afternoon, and the leisure that we have forgotten ever existed.
From the Publisher
"The entire publication is something of a momentous occasion for readers interested in eighteenth-century literature and the history of the novel. Publication of all the securely attributable works and letters will finally allow us to assess Richardson’s achievement with the aid of a fully annotated scholarly edition with explanatory and textual apparatus."
—The Cambridge Quarterly

"For Richardson scholars, these meticulously edited volumes will represent an epoch in the field, since they will constitute the only comprehensive scholarly edition."
-Year's Work in English Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395111529
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 1/28/1971
  • Series: Riverside Editions Series
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 415
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1689, Samuel Richardson was the son of a London joiner. He received little formal education but went on to acheive great acclaim and popularity through his writing. He was married twice, had twelve children, and died in 1761. M.A Doody is Professor of Literature at the University of Notre Dame, she has published widely on in literary criticism.

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Table of Contents

General editors' preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; General introduction; Textual introduction; Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded; Explanatory notes; Appendices: I. List of emendations; II. Word-division; III. List of editions; IV. Introduction to the second edition of Pamela (1741); V. Contents from the octavo edition (1742); VI. Illustrations from the octavo edition (1742); Index.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    I CAN'T BELIEVE I FINISHED IT

    I do understand why the book was written but I did not think I would ever get through with the book. Am still not sure I like the male "hero".

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    Posted July 27, 2012

    A wonderfully literate novel of romance.

    A wonderfully literate novel of romance.

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