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Pamela: Or, virtue rewarded (Penguin Classics) (1740)

von Samuel Richardson

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Based on actual events, Pamela is the story of a young girl who goes to work in a private residence and finds herself pursued by her employer's son, described as a "gentleman of free principles." Unfolding through letters, the novel depicts with much feeling Pamela's struggles to decide how to respond to her would-be seducer and to determine her place in society. Samuel Richardson (1689 - 1761), a prominent London printer, is considered by many the father of the English novel, and Pamela the first modern novel. Following its hugely successful publication in 1740, it went on to become one of the most influential books in literary history, setting the course for the novel for the next century and beyond. Pamela reflects changing social roles in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, as a rising middle class offered women more choices and as traditional master-servant relationships underwent change.… (mehr)
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    Shamela von Henry Fielding (Imprinted, kara.shamy)
    Imprinted: A satiric take on the popular Pamela by one of Richardson's contemporaries.
    kara.shamy: Must read Shamela! It's an incomplete experience to read Richardson's novel or Fielding's satirical take on it apart from the other text, I think...
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    CLARISSA. Or the History of a Young Lady (Modern Library, 10.3) von Samuel Richardson (KayCliff)
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    Joseph Andrews' Abenteuer von Henry Fielding (KayCliff)
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    Justine oder Die Leiden Der Tugend von Marquis de Sade (GYKM)
    GYKM: A sadistic parody and critique of Pamela.
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It was an interesting read. A bit strange (from today's point of view) that Pamela's virtue is more or less the only thing that matters.
That after all that happened, that B. did to her, she agreed to marry him without any hesitation.

Not my favourite and from contents I was wondering why on earth it would end up on the list.
Considering it in the time it was written in, I can imagine it earned a spot. You probably guess from the last sentence, that I have no/hardly any knowledge about that time or the writing that was main stream then. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Jul 19, 2021 |
Pamela keeps her virtue and gets her man
1 abstimmen | ritaer | Jun 4, 2021 |
The problem with “Pamela” isn't that it's an infuriating book. It is, but of course you have to read it with the historical context in mind. That makes it a little less aggravating.

No, the problem is that most of the book is dull. There's at least some interest in the beginning, with Pamela trying to evade the threat of her employer. But after he supposedly grows a conscience and she tosses her brain out the window, the book is just one long meeting of their mutual admiration society—with the occasional break to let someone else pop up and compliment them for a change.

I made the mistake of thinking “it's classic literature, so it has to get better sometime!” It didn't. You may like it a lot more than I did. But I'd strongly advise potential readers to be willing to abandon ship. If you're bored partway through, it's very unlikely you'll find anything to recapture your interest. ( )
  Jeslieness | May 13, 2021 |
I was prompted to read this when I acquired a Henry Fielding send-up of the work- "Shamela"- and thought I'd better acquaint myself with the original first.
Written in 1740, this is one of the first English novels. This is the narrative (written - often furtively to her esteemed but lowly parents)- by the eponymous heroine. When her beloved mistress dies, servant Pamela finds herself in the hands of the lady's lordly son, Mr B. From early attempts to overcome her determination to preserve her virtue, Mr B subsequently spirits her off to another of his estates, a prisoner under the watchful eye of immoral Mrs Jukes. But Pamela's noble nature wins through.....beloved by all she meets, forgiving of all offences against her, ever prudent, humble and Christian, she causes those flawed humans about her to improve in their turn...
The first thing that struck me was a similarity to Jane Eyre. That sort of unquestioning acceptance of seemingly irrational, capricious behaviour from the nobleman (though I preferred Mr Rochester to Mr B!)
Pamela is not, I think - for all her words- quite as perfect as she would have us believe. One suspects she might have escaped with just a TAD more bravado / genuine outrage at her plight. As she assures her parents she would rather join them in honest rough toil than give into Sin, she quickly follows it up with a reflection on her poor hands bleeding at such lowborn tasks. I didnt quite buy her humility; and TOO much vaunting of one's qualities (Pamela does like to tell us how admired and feted she is. A lot) does make the reader think she's utterly puffed up...
For me, a 21st centure reader, I couldnt see how she could just wipe all Mr B's quite awful misdeeds under the carpet, once he offered her marriage and a handsome settlement. And how she could eulogize her master in - unfailingly- humble and "I'm not worthy" tones, when she knew herself to be the finer person.
As I say, it's readable and even occasionally humorous (I loved Mr B's nasty sister, calling to kick up a fuss over her brother's marriage to a commoner....her reading aloud of Mr B's letter with sarcastic asides was the highlight of the book). (Did I believe the nasty sister could be so easily completely won round? No, I didnt.)
So....once was enough, but give it a go! ( )
  starbox | Apr 29, 2021 |
In the future, Pamela must try harder to kill herself. ( )
  irrelephant | Feb 21, 2021 |
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Based on actual events, Pamela is the story of a young girl who goes to work in a private residence and finds herself pursued by her employer's son, described as a "gentleman of free principles." Unfolding through letters, the novel depicts with much feeling Pamela's struggles to decide how to respond to her would-be seducer and to determine her place in society. Samuel Richardson (1689 - 1761), a prominent London printer, is considered by many the father of the English novel, and Pamela the first modern novel. Following its hugely successful publication in 1740, it went on to become one of the most influential books in literary history, setting the course for the novel for the next century and beyond. Pamela reflects changing social roles in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, as a rising middle class offered women more choices and as traditional master-servant relationships underwent change.

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