Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded

Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded


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Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson

"I cannot be patient, I cannot be passive, when my virtue is in danger."

Fifteen-year-old Pamela Andrews, alone and unprotected, is relentlessly pursued by her dead mistress’s son. Although she is attracted to young Mr B., she holds out against his demands and threats of abduction and rape, determined to defend her virginity and abide by her own moral standards. Psychologically acute in its investigations of sex, freedom and power, Richardson’s first novel caused a sensation when it was first published, with its depiction of a servant heroine who dares to assert herself. Richly comic and full of lively scenes and descriptions, Pamela contains a diverse cast of characters, ranging from the vulgar and malevolent Mrs Jewkes to the aggressive but awkward country squire who serves this unusual love story as both its villain and its hero.

This edition incorporates all the revisions made by Richardson in his lifetime. Margaret A. Doody’s introduction discusses the genre of epistolary novels, and examines characterization, the role of women and class differences in Pamela.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140431407
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1981
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 475,255
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) was born in Derbyshire, the son of a joiner. He received little formal education and in 1706 was apprenticed to a printer in London. Thirteen years later he set himself up as a stationer and printer and became of the leading figures in the trade. He printed political material, newspapers and literature. He began writing Pamela as a result of a suggestion from friends that he should compile a book of model letters for use by unskilled writers. Pamela was a great success and went on to write Clarissa, one of the masterpieces of European literature. 

Margaret Anne Doody is a professor of Literature at the University of Notre Dame and has published widely on in literary criticism.

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Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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