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Hailed as the world's first novel, "Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson is a gripping tale about a beautiful young maidservant in mid-1700's England. After her employer dies, the employer's son begins making advances toward her. The virtuous girl tries to stave off his advances, but Mr. B's desperation eventually causes him to kidnap her in a misguided attempt to try and make her understand how much he loves her. When he realizes that Pamela is truly a chaste and innocent girl, he begins to treat her...
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Hailed as the world's first novel, "Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson is a gripping tale about a beautiful young maidservant in mid-1700's England. After her employer dies, the employer's son begins making advances toward her. The virtuous girl tries to stave off his advances, but Mr. B's desperation eventually causes him to kidnap her in a misguided attempt to try and make her understand how much he loves her. When he realizes that Pamela is truly a chaste and innocent girl, he begins to treat her in a new and more respectful manner. In return, Pamela forgives her oppressor and tries to show him how to lead a more virtuous life. "Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded" is a novel full of scandal and unease. During its original publication, it shocked audiences with its lurid plot, yet Richardson gathered a large and faithful following of readers. Also present in the novel are themes of virtuosity, morality, and class differences during the Georgian Era of England. In terms of gender biases, Richardson knew that men and women were held to much different standards in terms of ethics, and he used the shock value of Mr. B's actions to call awareness to the hypocritical social environment. Whether one is reading Richardson's "Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded" for pure pleasure or as an in-depth look at the public climate of 18th century England, it will most assuredly not be a disappointment.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780192829603
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    Simplicity and Passion

    This is a very heart-warming novel. The heroine is one of the most adorable in English literature. The 'Master' is accurately portrayed, with more human qualities than the exemplary Pamela. However, they cry too much, and she represented herself too basely, but it is a very good book that's worth comparing with Hoffmann and Pushkin.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2010

    Book print unreadable

    The rating I gave has nothing to do with the book content itself, it is due to the fact that the copy of the book I got was defective. I ordered this book on-line on January 19, 2010, and received it a week later. The book was however unreadable. First of all, I noticed at the inside back cover there was a date of January 19, 2010 on it, which made me think that B&N printed this book on the day after I placed the order, which is not a problem by me; however, the real problem is that every page has a few lines that are gibberish. For example, in the middle of a sentence, I would find words such as ehx4bj%ksnbcd8jye, and I have no idea what the real text should be. There are also a lot of words with no space between them. If B&N printed this book, it did really a poor job. I read about 10 pages and became frustrated trying to figure out what the true words should be in lieu of those gibberish codes. I returned it to a B&N store. They were very surprised when I showed them the book. They couldn't tell me what caused it, but were very gracious and apologetic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Great read

    It was a great story. This is one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2007

    Novel is completely lovely...

    I absolutely adore this novel! There were parts however that did drag on a bit 'like before mentioned' but i was already so captivated by the tale that I wouldn't think to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2002

    A Victorian Rocky and Bullwinkle Episode

    I have to give Pamela 4 stars because there are a few parts wherein Richardson repeats a bit and drags things out, but if you love the Victorian novel, this book is a must read!

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