Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel RichardsonPamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson

Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded

bySamuel RichardsonEditorAlbert J. Rivero

Hardcover | October 31, 2011

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Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded is perhaps the most influential novel published in Britain in the eighteenth century. On its first publication in 1740, it became an immediate bestseller. Its epistolary structure, tight plotting and didactic message were praised, imitated, but also criticised and satirised. This new critical edition of Samuel Richardson's first novel features an authoritative text based on the first edition, general and textual introductions, extensive explanatory notes and textual apparatus. Appendices provide bibliographical descriptions of all lifetime editions as well as the editions of 1801 and 1810, Richardson's introduction to the second edition (fully annotated), and the illustrations and Richardson's index from the octavo edition. The publication of this volume heralds the first full scholarly edition of Richardson's complete works, a long-awaited event in eighteenth-century studies.
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:Pamela: Or, Virtue RewardedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:664 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.42 inPublished:October 31, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521848954

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Table of Contents

General editors' preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; General introduction; Textual introduction; Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded; Explanatory notes; Appendices: I. List of emendations; II. Word-division; III. List of editions; IV. Introduction to the second edition of Pamela (1741); V. Contents from the octavo edition (1742); VI. Illustrations from the octavo edition (1742); 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