Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady
‘Oh thou savage-hearted monster! What work hast thou made in one guilty hour, for a whole age of repentance!’ 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... show more
‘Oh thou savage-hearted monster! What work hast thou made in one guilty hour, for a whole age of repentance!’ 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. In his introduction, Angus Ross examines characterization, the epistolary style, the role of the family and the position of women in Clarissa. This edition also includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, tables of letters, notes, a glossary and an appendix on the music for the ‘Ode to Wisdom’.
Publish date: August 29th 1985
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 1534
Edition language: English
This is not really a review, but these are some of the observations I made while reading Clarissa (the longest book I’ve ever read!). [spoiler] It is ironic how Clarissa continues to encourage Miss Howe to obey her mother by marrying Mr. Hickman, and as quickly as possible, throughout the novel,...
bookshelves: fraudio, published-1748, epistolatory-diary-blog, britain-england, classic, spring-2010, play-dramatisation, georgian1714-1830 Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Carey Combe Recommended for: Laura, Wanda, Hayes, Sandybanks et al Read from March 15 to April 05, 2010 ** spoiler alert ** Has...
For people who haven't seen the haiku version:To Miss Howe: send help!I've been ravished in Book Sixwith three more to go
Has anyone else noticed how often a trivia question in full view amounts to a plot spoiler? I was left in no doubt as to Clarissa's fate before I even started listening to this. Pooh! Think about the impact please, question setters.Dramatisation by Hattie Naylor of the 1748 novel by Samuel Richardso...
When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a nun or a convict.In my romanticized view, both situations provided a room and isolation. What more could anyone want? Space and isolation: the perfect ingredients to read endlessly and without interruption. In reality, nothing could be further from the ...