Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded

Samuel Richardson (Author) Peter Sabor (Editor)
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Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) a prominent London printer, is considered by many the father of the English novel, and " Pamela" the first modern novel. Following its hugely successful publication in 1740, it went on to become one of the most influential books in literary history, setting the course for the novel for the next century and beyond. " Pamela" reflects changing social roles in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, as a rising middle class offered women more choices and as traditional master-servant relationships underwent change.

Based on actual events, " Pamela" is the story of a young girl who goes to work in a private residence and finds herself pursued by her employer's son, described as a "gentleman of free principles." Unfolding through letters, the novel depicts with much feeling Pamela's struggles to decide how to respond to her would-be seducer and to determine her place in society.

Product Details

Price
$11.00
Publisher
Penguin Group
Publish Date
February 26, 1981
Pages
544
Dimensions
5.36 X 7.82 X 0.96 inches | 0.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780140431407
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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.