Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded

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"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
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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
Praise for the Series: 'At last we are going to have a definitive edition of Samuel Richardson's works and correspondence, long overdue, for the writer who was the most influential novelist of the eighteenth century. This ambitious project, 25 volumes of his works and his most important literary correspondence - each volume entrusted to a respected scholar - will illuminate all areas of eighteenth-century studies for Richardson's oeuvre lights up the entire century.' Ruth Perry, Ann Fetter Friedlaender Professor of the Humanities and MacVicar Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Praise for the Series: 'At last, this most editorially neglected of great writers is getting the treatment that his works and correspondence deserve. Scholars are eager to get their hands on the first volumes of this complete Richardson, with authoritative texts and rich annotation prepared by a world-class team under Keymer and Sabor's leadership. This new edition marks an epoch in Richardson studies.' Jane Spencer, Professor of English, University of Exeter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140431407
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/28/1981
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 406,153
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert J. Rivero is Professor of English at Marquette University.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2001

    In Response to 'This would make a good movie'

    Several years ago, maybe the late 80's or early 90's my wife and I saw on TV ' Mistress Pamela'. I believe this was a made for TV movie based upon 'Pamela'. The movie was excellent and we would love to find a copy. Please send responses to raembry@hotmail.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2000

    It's crazy, but it works!

    A pulling novel which is hard to take seriously in today¿s lifestyle, but as you read you are sucked into its hypnotic twists and turns. I wold love to see this portrayed in film, but only if the actors were really convincing, otherwise it would be a tragedy.

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