One of the most spectacular successes of the flourishing literary marketplace of eighteenth 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 Anti pamelists, even eclipsing the sensational factional politics of the day Preached 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, 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 broadest spectrum 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, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much ....
|Title||:||Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded (Oxford World's Classics)|
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Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded (Oxford World's Classics) Reviews
This is regarded as the first English novel. It is a long nutty book. Pamela is a commoner who stands up to a number of aristocrats. That's a good thing. She also is kidnapped, tortured, and abused. A young man attempts to rape her. (He's the guy who kidnaps her.) He tries to make her his mistress. Eventually, he gives up and tells her she can go home to her parents. She gets half way home and realizes she loves him and returns to him. That's a bad thing. It is also an epistolary novel. Most of the book is letters that are so long and detailed one wonders when Pam had time to eat or sleep. About a 10th of the book is a journal. And about 2 pages are third person narration. It is the least effective use of letters I have ever read. So, it is a rather absurd story not told terribly well. So why three stars? It is a first.
"The rest of the story" is nicely done. Pamela, now Mrs. B is continually upheld by those around her for her virtue and many of her husband's set are drawn to her for it. As we watch them stay their life and family together they are faced with some challenges, but we watch as Pamela continues to manifest many good qualities of character. She learns about household and spousal management and the importance of communication. She also contemplates the education and rearing of children.
Great textbook at a great price!
Very long, but intriguing. Charming, and sometimes a bit confusing because of the unique way of expression in that time.
Copy arrived earlier than expected and in great condition. Preface and footnotes helpful for a novel that is often a slow read .Richardson was a favorite author of Jane Austen but not her literary equal !
I bought this book for a class called Sex and Intercourse in 18th Century Literature, which, might I add, is a BLAST. I would say that the first part of the book is a little nerve wracking but having finished the book, I can see why so much time was spent on it. Beyond what the book as about on the surface, there is a great deal of insight into class structures and I am actually doing a creative writing project from the point of view of a secondary character. If you are interested in literature from this time, you really need to read this book.
its a school book that my Daughter needed for a class - that's about all I can really say about it.
If you enjoy epistolary books this is quite enjoyable with less maddening characters than in Clarissa. I would suggest reading this prior to Clarissa.