Pamela. Or, Virtue Rewarded
One of the most spectacular successes of the flourishing literary marketplace of eighteenth-century London, Pamela also marked a defining moment in the emergence of the modern novel. In the words of one contemporary, it divided the world "into two different Parties, Pamelists and... show more
One of the most spectacular successes of the flourishing literary marketplace of eighteenth-century London, Pamela also marked a defining moment in the emergence of the modern novel. In the words of one contemporary, it divided the world "into two different Parties, Pamelists and Anti-pamelists," even eclipsing the sensational factional politics of the day. Preached for its morality, and denounced as pornography in disguise, it vividly describes a young servant's long resistance to the attempts of her predatory master to seduce her. Written in the voice of its low-born heroine, Pamela is not only a work of pioneering psychological complexity, but also a compelling and provocative study of power and its abuse. Based on the original text of 1740, from which Richardson later retreated in a series of defensive revisions, this edition makes available the version of Pamela that aroused such widespread controversy on its first appearance.
Publish date: July 12th 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 592
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Classic Literature
, English Literature
, 18th Century
The more I read of the 18th century, the more I am astonished how long it took people to figure out how to tell a story.About a quarter of the way through writing 'Pamela' Richardson seems to have realized that the epistolary format is awkward and prevents the author from putting in any sense of sus...
I did it!! It took me 4.5 weeks, but I READ PAMELA!I actually enjoyed the first half or so, as Pamela tried to find her new place in the household; and then as she tried to negotiate an escape. But the last 150 pages was just a slog. The book got too preachy (the rules, ugh!), and too dragged out as...
Creepy 18th-century Guy: Hey, baby. Now that my mom died, I’m your boss now.Innocent Maidservant: Um, yeah. I know.CG: But don’t worry. I’ll take reeeeaaaallly good care of you.IM: ...thanks?CG: And I’m sure you’ll want to be nice to me right back, if you know what I’m saying. Wink, wink. Nudge, nud...
This book made me genuinely ragey. It's an eighteenth-century, epistolary novel written from the point of view of Pamela Andrews, a serving-girl whose mistress dies and leaves her to the unwanted advances of Mr B., her mistress' son. Mr B., a charming piece of work, kidnaps Pamela and locks her ...
I wish I could give this book no stars because it was so tortuous. The story is horrible, the characterization flat, and it drags on forever. Sweet, virtuous Pamela is just trying to protect her lady jewel and keep her impoverished parents proud. Upon the death of her lady, who she was a waiting mai...
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