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Pamela
By Samuel Richardson

Pamela

or, Virtue Rewarded

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Edited by Peter Sabor See other recent books by Peter Sabor
Introduction by Margaret Anne Doody See other recent books by Margaret Anne Doody
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Pamela by Samuel Richardson

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Samuel Richardson's "Pamela" is a captivating story of one young woman's rebellion against the social order, edited by Peter Sabor with an introduction by Margaret Ann Doody in "Penguin Classics". Fifteen-year-old Pamela Andrews, alone in the world, is pursued by her dead mistress' son. Although she is attracted to Mr B, she holds out against his demands and threats of abduction and rape, determined to protect her virginity and abide by her moral standards. Psychologically acute in its explorations of sex, freedom and power, Richardson's first novel caused a sensation when it was 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 hero. In her introduction, Margaret Ann Doody discusses the epistolary genre of novels and examines the role of women and class differences. This edition, based on the 1801 text and incorporating corrections made in 1810, makes Richardson's final version of the two-volume generally available for the first time. Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) was born in Derbyshire, the son of a joiner. He received little formal education, but in 1706 was apprenticed to a London printer, going on to become a leading figure of the trade in the capital. "Pamela" originated as a volume of model letters for unskilled letter-writers, but as Richardson became more fascinated by the characters in his letters than the letters themselves, the germ of a novel began to emerge. Upon its publication in 1740 "Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded" became a national sensation. If you enjoyed "Pamela", you might like Daniel Defoe's "Moll Flanders", also available in "Penguin Classics".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140431407
ISBN-10: 0140431403
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 23mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Nov-1980
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Samuel Richardson

Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded, Paperback (August 2015)

A country gentleman attempts to seduce his maidservant and ends up falling in love with her in this literary landmark, first published in 1740 and regarded as the English language's first novel.

Correspondence Primarily on Sir Charles Grandison (1750-1754) by Samuel Richardson Correspondence Primarily on Sir Charles Grandison (1750-1754), Hardback (December 2014)

First complete scholarly edition of Samuel Richardson's miscellaneous correspondence surrounding his final novel, The History of Sir Charles Grandison.

Correspondence with Sarah Wescomb, Frances Grainger and Laetitia Pilkington by Samuel Richardson Correspondence with Sarah Wescomb, Frances Grainger and Laetitia Pilkington, Hardback (November 2014)

First scholarly edition of Samuel Richardson's correspondence with Sarah Wescomb, Frances Grainger and Laetitia Pilkington.

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Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » Considering that it was first published more than 250 years ago, Pamela is still a shocking book. Written by a man, it is a strong denunciation of a man's abuse of his power over a woman. Pamela is a 14-year-old maid whose mistress, Lady B, has just died. Her young master takes a fancy to Pamela, but his social status naturally means that he can't make honourable advances to her. In a series of letters to her parents, and later in a private journal, Pamela recounts the attempts Mr B makes on her virtue, and her own staunch resistance. Her master eventually abducts Pamela to another house, where she is kept prisoner by the frightful Mrs Jewkes. The outcome is as unlikely as it is satisfactory. For the modern reader, Pamela has strong elements of the ludicrous. The heroine spends most of the book with her apron over her face, bawling her eyes out. And Mr B is an unconvincing villain. His attempts at rape are rather too easily discouraged, and when thwarted he sulks and stamps his feet like a child. The strength of the book, though, is its basic premise: that no human being has the right to exercise power over another to their detriment, whatever their status. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Samuel Richardson

Born in 1689, Samuel Richardson was the son of a London joiner. He received little formal education but went on to acheive great acclaim and popularity through his writing. He was married twice, had twelve children, and died in 1761. M.A Doody is Professor of Literature at the University of Notre Dame, she has published widely on in literary criticism.

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