Pamela 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 A Doody in Penguin Classics Fifteen ye

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 A Doody in Penguin Classics.Fifteen year old Pamela Andrews, alone in the world, is pursued by her dead mistress s son Although she is attracted to Mr B, she holds out against his demands and threats of abductioSamuel 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 A Doody in Penguin Classics.Fifteen year old Pamela Andrews, alone in the world, is pursued by her dead mistress s 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 tr

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  1. Samuel Richardson Margaret Anne Doody Peter Sabor says:
    Samuel Richardson was a major English 18th century writer best known for his three epistolary novels Pamela Or, Virtue Rewarded 1740 , Clarissa Or the History of a Young Lady 1748 and Sir Charles Grandison 1753.Richardson had been an established printer and publisher for most of his life when, at the age of 51, he wrote his first novel and immediately became one of the most popular and admired writers of his time.

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  1. Creepy 18th century Guy Hey, baby Now that my mom died, I m your boss now.Innocent Maidservant Um, yeah I know But don t worry I ll take reeeeaaaallly good care of you anks 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, nudge I always try to be nice, sir Have I mentioned how hot you are IM Okay, this is getting uncool Hey, I m all rich and powerful and you re just some little nobody You should be flattered I m even noticing you.n with the t [...]

  2. I did not finish this book Because it is a million pages that boil down to PAMELA I am a lowly maid Yet my virtue, look at it MASTER OF THE HOUSE Ooh, dazzling How bout you let me avail myself of some of that virtue PAMELA No MASTER YESMELA No MASTER YES Insert cross dressing in bed hiding country house involving shenanigans MASTER OF THE HOUSE Your virtue, it has won me over Marry me PAMELA But of course.Ok, the shenanigans make it sound vaguely amusing Just know that there are MANY MANY pages [...]

  3. When I read classics, it s not all about just reading them I m also trying to discover what s made them classics I want to know why people like them so much And I can usually figure something out that s why I end up with so many five star reviews But this This piece of shit escapes me.The first half is entertaining enough, as the vaguely named Mr B kidnaps a servant and tries to steal her titular virtue There are dastardly schemes and narrow escapes He dresses up like a woman in order to sneak i [...]

  4. It saddens me that has no love for this book First of all, it s one of the earliest novels ever written, so it deserves respect from that perspective alone Secondly, you have to place it in its time Early 18th century readers found this material quite titillating, and of course wanted to see a virtuous end to all the lasciviousness That way, they could have their cake and eat it, too For its time, this was really racy material Naturally nowadays we find the idea of a woman who is nearly raped a [...]

  5. A lower class woman eventually marries her upper class would be rapist This novel somehow manages to be misogynistic and offensive than the collected works of de Sade It s also boring.

  6. I was so busy catching up on all my vacation books that I totally forgot to blog my final thoughts on this 18th century behemoth What to say about a book that treats virginity as the most important quality a woman has but is weirdly feminist in the agency and resistance it gives its perky heroine A book that demonizes a tyrannical master as a would be rapist and jailer and then turns him into a romantic hero A book that embraces a cross class marriage while avowing to preserve the distinction of [...]

  7. Undoubtedly I was far too young to appreciate this when I was assigned it as an undergraduate I will have to revisit it at some point.

  8. Reading this is like watching the invention of literature before your eyes Richardson began this as yet another work for hire series of conduct letters of the sort that Madame De La Fayette et al made popular during the 1600s, but the story took off in such a way that it became like, oh, a reality show that develops into its own story Richardson developed the narrative a l moment approach, that is, slipping inside the character s skin and reporting on what they were thinking and feeling at the [...]

  9. I encountered Samuel Richardson s Pamela many years ago as part of my History of the Novel module at university I was introduced to some great works through that course, and there are two reasons I am grateful for being introduced to this mostly, because it was the first year the class had read Pamela rather than Clarissa which is than twice the length , but also because it made it clear to us that even in an academic environment there are books which are considered as classics because of their [...]

  10. Anyone who s had the Sisyphean task of reading this shares a cosmic bond if you have, you know what I mean This and Dear Mr Henshaw make me want to slit my own wrists in reaction to the idea of the epistolary novel Fucking Pamela is one dipshit of a girl, but Richardson himself is no better Any time I see a terrible, modern didactic novel I feel reassured knowing it will end up as beloved well known as this one in the future.

  11. I really didn t like this book My British novel professor assures me that my affection for it will grow over the years, but I somehow doubt that at this point Pamela is a dangerous picture of womanhood she is largely responsible for the whole women have power in powerlessness idea that left many, many women abused and riddled with the sexually transmitted diseases their husbands brought home in the 18th and 19th centuries Because of Pamela, I m sure they often believed that if they were just vir [...]

  12. Come on, surely Richardson deserves at least four stars for inventing the novel Pamela was the first time the full potential of long prose narrative was realised as a form that could explore character and psychology as well as tell a story By hitting on the concept of the epistolary novel almost by accident Pamela grew out of a non fiction book of letter templates that Richardson had been commissioned to write , Richardson s discovery of writing to the moment set English and indeed world literat [...]

  13. 2 17 Guilty Pleasures ModuleNah, mate, I am not here for emotionally abusive relationships with dominant submissive roles This is the 18th century Fifty Shades and I hated literally every page Can t wait to talk about it in class, though

  14. I would like to point out that the following review is of a rant than a proper review and will be of no benefit for those wishing to ascertain the quality of the novel I have rated this book so low, not because it lacks literary value, but because the plot alone is abhorrent to my delicate sensibilities This poor girl is sexually assaulted several times as Mr B makes multiple attempts to rape her and THEN because she refuses to be violated she is tricked into a several month long imprisonment w [...]

  15. Finally relinquished this to Goodwill, but not before re reading the scribbles I made in the covers during my The Origins Of The Novel class, circa 2001 It s like a manifesto Serving girls Throw off your chains and marry your masters actually, my professor said that one.Confession I love Samuel Richardson I love Pamela I love Clarissa I love the wicked Mr B , who practically twirls his mustache as he looms in corners, waiting for poor unhappy Pamela to drop her defenses and her drawers so he can [...]

  16. I imagine that most people today read this book to laugh at its outdated morality Certainly, there is something funny in the premise of the story Pamela, a poor but dignified servant girl, attracts the attention of a rich squire who deceives and kidnaps her but somehow is so impressed by her natural modesty and virtue that he is reluctant to take outright from her what she is unwilling to give.One way to read the novel a way that must certainly have contributed to the book s initial popularity a [...]

  17. BUT,of course I had to read my name sake It was INDEED a hard read.Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded is an epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, first published in 1740 It tells the story of a beautiful but poor 15 year old servant maid named Pamela Andrews whose master, Mr B, a nobleman, makes unwanted advances towards her after the death of his mother whose maid she was since the age of 12 Mr B is infatuated with her, first by her looks and then her innocence and intelligence but his high rank hinde [...]

  18. Hello, dear reader, my name is Pamela and I am the human embodiment of the loftiest and most admirable virtues Over the course of my tedious, overlong, and mind numbingly predictable narrative, I will show you how I am the human embodiment of the loftiest and most admirable virtues.For a woman.In the 1700s.Um, and how I am nearly essentially raped by the man I work for and how I inexplicably end up falling madly in love with him.This will be a good read for you It really, really, really, really, [...]

  19. If scholarship were based solely on quality, Pamela would have been lost to the ages a long time ago and good riddance , but unfortunately for me, scholarship is also based on influence, and this stupid book, despite being extremely poorly written, repetitive, and didactic in all the wrong ways, is one of the foundation texts of English Literature For a hundred years afterwards, you were either a Pamelist or Anti Pamelist I would have been an Anti Pamelist Are you ready for this Here is the enti [...]

  20. DNF at 37% brb gonna go purge this book s shittiness outta my life I was gonna finish this for class but then realized I didn t need to so adios richardson and your disgusting rape apologism I usually don t rate books that I DNF but this book was such a dumpster fire that it doesn t deserve the mercy of a no star rating

  21. Man, reading this book for 18th century literature was like a bad hangover except with no booze involved just a headache It was so very very long and so very very bad I had to skim through the last half of the book, because I couldn t be bothered to give a damn.The main character Pamela irritated me to death Her virtue is her defining point and while I understand that morals and sexuality were VERY different in the 1700s, I didn t want to sit there and read page after page about a servant girl p [...]

  22. Start to finish badly written, moralising drivel If this book hadn t been as influential as it had been, this would probably have received my lowest rating It did however prove inspirational to many in its time I m sure the world is a better place for it Absolutely.Pamela is a woman who sincerely believes that the best way to resist emotional and sexual abuse from her employer, Mr B is to believe the best about him She seems oblivious to the fact that he is an unrepentant predator nor to the fac [...]

  23. Just because it s old, doesn t mean it s good.Pamela was the first English novel and exploded in popularity There were readings in town squares, merchandise to be sold, and it was reprinted numerous times Think Twilight in the 1700 s.It also sucked Big time Literally nothing happens for two hundred pages That is not hyperbole Two hundred pages of whiny girl being stalked by king pervert The method of stalking doesn t change, nor does her incessant freaking whining Then a major plot development T [...]

  24. What better way to spend your time than reading the fictional letters of a self pitying beacon of supposed morality that marries her potential rapist Finishing this book made me feel like I had accomplished something massive.

  25. I highlighted every instance of emotionally manipulative behaviour on Mr B s part This was just horrendous I honestly can t wait to talk about it in seminars because I this was not romantic one bit.

  26. This little Book will infallibly be looked upon as the hitherto much wanted Standard or Pattern for this Kind of Writing For it abounds with lively Images and Pictures with Incidents natural, surprising, and perfectly adapted to the Story with Circumstances interesting to Person in common Life, as well as to those in exalted Stations.For as it borrows none of its Excellencies from the romantic Flights of unnatural Fancy, its being founded in Truth and Nature, and built upon Experience from the e [...]

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