Early Works: Aesops Fables, Letters Written to and for Particular Friends and Other Works by Samuel RichardsonEarly Works: Aesops Fables, Letters Written to and for Particular Friends and Other Works by Samuel Richardson

Early Works: Aesops Fables, Letters Written to and for Particular Friends and Other Works

bySamuel RichardsonEditorAlexander Pettit

Hardcover | January 16, 2012

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This is the first edition to assemble all of the earliest known works by Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), one of the most influential authors in the English tradition. Richardson's exercises in conduct-writing, religious controversialism, anti-theatrical polemic, occasional verse, literary criticism - and his popular and surprisingly revealing edition of Aesop's Fables - resonate throughout his later work while claiming ample legitimacy of their own. Readers familiar with only Pamela, Clarissa and Sir Charles Grandison will gain a fresh appreciation of the genesis of and the historical and cultural complexities at work in these famous novels, and readers new to Richardson will encounter an agile writer who invites closer consideration. A lengthy introduction situates the constituent works in Richardson's career as well as in the period more broadly, and the extensive textual apparatus records the bibliographical histories of the texts and their treatment by their present editor.
A printer and bookseller who wrote love letters for servant girls as an apprentice, studied nights to improve himself, and married the boss's daughter, Samuel Richardson undertook at age 50 to write a book of sample courtesy notes, marriage proposals, job applications, and business letters for young people. While imagining situations f...
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Title:Early Works: Aesops Fables, Letters Written to and for Particular Friends and Other WorksFormat:HardcoverDimensions:848 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.61 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521830524

ISBN - 13:9780521830522

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Table of Contents

General editors' preface; Acknowledgements; Chronology; List of abbreviations; General introduction; Textual introduction; The Apprentice's Vade Mecum (1733); A Seasonable Examination of the Pleas and Pretensions (1735); Verses from The Gentleman's Magazine (1736); Preface to Aubin, A Collection of Entertaining Histories and Novels (1739); Aesop's Fables (1739); Letters Written to and for Particular Friends (1741); Six Original Letters upon Duelling (1765); Appendix. The Infidel Convicted (1731); Emendations; Word-division; Bibliographical descriptions of early editions; Explanatory notes; Index.

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Praise for the Series: 'At last, this most editorially neglected of great writers is getting the treatment that his works and correspondence deserve. Scholars are eager to get their hands on the first volumes of this complete Richardson, with authoritative texts and rich annotation prepared by a world-class team under Keymer and Sabor's leadership. This new edition marks an epoch in Richardson studies.' Jane Spencer, Professor of English, University of Exeter