Clarissa: or, The History of a Young Lady / Edition 1

Clarissa: or, The History of a Young Lady / Edition 1

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Clarissa: or, The History of a Young Lady / Edition 1

This classic novel tells the story, in letters, of the beautiful and virtuous Clarissa Harlowe’s pursuit by the brilliant, unscrupulous rake Robert Lovelace. The epistolary structure allows Richardson to create layered and fully realized characters, as well as an intriguing uncertainty about the reliability of the various “narrators.” Clarissa emerges as a heroine at once rational and passionate, self-sacrificing and defiant, and her story has gripped readers since the novel’s first publication in 1747–48.

This new abridgment is designed to retain the novel’s rich characterizations and relationships, and reproduces individual letters in their entirety whenever possible. This Broadview Edition provides a uniquely accessible entry point for readers, while retaining much of the powerful reading experience of the complete novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551114750
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 09/27/2010
Edition description: Abridged
Pages: 808
Sales rank: 608,794
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Samuel Richardson: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text


Appendix A: Prefatory Material for the Second Edition, 1749

Appendix B: Richardson’s Correspondence

  1. Correspondence with “Mrs. Belfour”/Lady Bradshaigh (1748–53)
    1. Letter 1: Lady Bradshaigh to Richardson
    2. Letter 2: Richardson to Lady Bradshaigh
    3. Letter 3: Lady Bradshaigh to Richardson
    4. Letter 4: Richardson to Lady Bradshaigh
    5. Letter 5: Richardson to Lady Bradshaigh
  2. Correspondence with Johannes Stinstra (1753–54)
    1. Letter 1: Richardson to Johannes Stinstra
    2. Letter 2: Johannes Stinstra to Richardson
    3. Letter 3: Richardson to Johannes Stinstra

Appendix C: Eighteenth-Century Responses to Clarissa

  1. Henry Fielding, Letter to Richardson (1748)
  2. Sarah Fielding, Letter to Richardson (1749)
  3. Review of Clarissa by Albrecht Von Haller (1749)
  4. Review of Clarissa by Samuel Johnson (1750)
  5. Elizabeth Echlin, An Alternative Ending to Richardson’s Clarissa (1754–55)
  6. Denis Diderot, “In Praise of Richardson” (1761)
  7. From James Beattie, “On Fable and Romance” (1783)
  8. Anna Lætitia Aikin Barbauld, “The Life of Samuel Richardson, with Remarks on His Writings” (1804)

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