OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded

ISBN : 9780199536498

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¥1,463
Author: 
Samuel Richardson; Thomas Keymer; Alice Wakely
Pages
592 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
128 x 195 mm
Pub date
Jun 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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'Pamela under the Notion of being a Virtuous Modest Girl will be introduced into all Familes,and when she gets there, what Scenes does she represent? Why a fine young Gentleman endeavouring to debauch a beautiful young Girl of Sixteen.' (Pamela Censured, 1741)
   
One of the most spectacular successes of the burgeoning literary marketplace of eighteeent-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 Antipamelists', even eclipsing the sensational factional politics of the day. Preached up 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, but by a printer who fifteen years earlier had narrowly escaped imprisonment for the seditious output of his press, 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. 

Index: 

Acknowledgements
Introduction 
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Samuel Richardson

PAMELA; OR, VIRTUE REWARDED

Appendix I: Introduction to the Second Edition of Pamela (1741)
Appendix II: Extracts from Richardson's Edition of AEsop's Fables (1739)
Explanatory Notes
Glossary

About the author: 

Samuel Richardson
Edited by Thomas Keymer, Elmore Fellow and Tutor in English, St Anne's College, Oxford, and Alice Wakely, DPhil candidate on Richardson English, St Anne's College, Oxford
  
Thomas Keymer's books include Richardson's Clarissa and the Eighteenth Century Reader (1992) and the OWC edition of Fielding's Joseph Andrews and Shamela.

with this edition of Pamela, which will surely become the standard text, we can see more clearly why Richardson's first novel mattered so much - John Mullan, London Review of Books

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