Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
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Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady
By Samuel Richardson

Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady

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Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson

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Pressured by her unscrupulous family to marry a wealthy man she detests, the young Clarissa Harlowe is tricked into fleeing with the witty and debonair Robert Lovelace and places herself under his protection. Lovelace, however, proves himself to be an untrustworthy rake whose vague promises of marriage are accompanied by unwelcome and increasingly brutal sexual advances. And yet, Clarissa finds his charm alluring, her scrupulous sense of virtue tinged with unconfessed desire. Told through a complex series of interweaving letters, "Clarissa" is a richly ambiguous study of a fatally attracted couple and a work of astonishing power and immediacy. A huge success when it first appeared in 1747, and translated into French and German, it remains one of the greatest of all European novels.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140432152
ISBN-10: 0140432159
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 145mm x 57mm)
Pages: 1536
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Aug-1985
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Samuel Richardson

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. Angus Ross is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Sussex. He writes on eighteenth-century and other literature and has edited Swift as well as a number of anthologies.

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