February 26, 1981
5.36 X 7.82 X 0.96 inches | 0.82 pounds
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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.