Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded

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OUP Oxford, Jun 7, 2001 - Fiction - 592 pages
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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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
 

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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

If you're into BDSM you're going to love this novel. If your urges don't run that way then you'll probably not 'get' it. I loved it. Richardson re-wrote it three times in an attempt to make it less ... Read full review

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User Review  - penelopemarzec - LibraryThing

I read this book because it was a bestseller after it was published in 1740. I read it because it was the first novel of its kind. As a romance writer, I was curious about it. As a writer of ... Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
NOTE ON THE TEXT
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
A CHRONOLOGY OF SAMUEL RICHARDSON
PREFACE BY THE EDITOR
To the Editor of the Piece intitled PAMELAor VIRTUE Rewarded
To my worthy Friend the Editor of PAMELA c
TUESDAY Night
WEDNESDAY Morning
WEDNESDAY Night
PAMELAOR VIRTUE RewardedVOL IIThe JOURNALcontinued
SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY

PAMELA OR VIRTUE RewardedIn a Series of FAMILIAR LETTERS c
I am now come down in my Writing to this present SATURDAY and a deal I have written
I am now come to SUNDAY
I am now come to MONDAY the 5th Day of my Bondage and Misery
TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY SATURDAY
SUNDAY
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY the 14th 15th and 16th of my Bondage
SUNDAY
MONDAY Morning
MONDAY Afternoon
TUESDAY WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY SUNDAY
And now I am come to the Close of WEDNESDAY the 27th Day of my Distress
Past Eleven OClock
SUNDAY Afternoon
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY the 32d 33d and 34th Days of my Imprisonment
FRIDAY the 36th Day of my Imprisonment
Five oClock is come
Seven oClock
Twelve oClock Saturday Noon
Almost Twelve oClock SATURDAY Night
SUNDAY Morning
SUNDAY Evening
THURSDAY Six oClock in the Morning
Half an Hour past Eight oClock
THURSDAY near Three oClock
Eight oClock at Night
Eleven oclock THURSDAY Night
FRIDAY Evening
SATURDAY Morning the Third of my happy Nuptials
SATURDAY Seven oClock in the Evening
SUNDAY the Fourth Day of my Happiness
MONDAY the fifth Day
Eleven oClock
TUESDAY Morning Eleven oClock
TUESDAY Morning the Sixth of my Happiness
WEDNESDAY the Seventh
WEDNESDAY Night
SUNDAY Night
MONDAY
WEDNESDAY Evening
THURSDAY
MONDAY Morning
TUESDAY
FRIDAY
APPENDIX 1INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION OF PAMELA
APPENDIX 2EXTRACTS FROM RICHARDSONS EDITION OF ĘSOPS FABLES 1739
EXPLANATORY NOTES
GLOSSARY
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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.

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