Keywords: samuel richardson, narrative, epistolary novel, free indirect discourse, sentimental, pamela, clarissa, sir charles grandison john dussinger john dussinger is emeritus professor of english at the university of illinois at urbana-champaign. Clarissa's treasonable correspondence: gender, epistolary politics, and the public sphere rachel k camell in a letter to lady bradshaigh, samuel richardson emphasized the. Samuel richardson was the first writer to produce a true bestseller in the modern sense watch our lesson to learn about 'pamela,' his groundbreaking epistolary novel.
In samuel richardson and the theory of tragedy: clarissa‘s caesuras, ja smith offers a new interpretation of this classic eighteenth-century epistolary novel through an exploration of theories of tragedy, focusing on the pause or caesura between tragedy striking and its consequences. Samuel richardson’s clarissa, lauded as a watershed example of the epistolary novel, using a recently developed and highly successful authorship attribution technique to determine (i) whether richardson can construct distinct character writeprints, and (ii) if so, which linguistic features he manipulated to do so. Clarissa’s ciphers: meaning and disruption in richardson’s “clarissa” ithaca, ny: cornell university press, 1982 an influential book, which provides an interpretation from the points of view of feminism and reader-response criticism.
Samuel richardson’s nine-volume novel clarissa harlowe or the history of a young lady is what is known as an epistolary novel, meaning it is told through fictitious journal or diary entries and. Samuel richardson began writing pamela in 1739 and it finally appeared in 1740 in two volumes, and it was soon considered, what we call today, a best-seller obviously, the novel in letters had existed before richardson, but not in any work of the same scope. Clarissa, or, the history of a young lady is an epistolary novel by english writer samuel richardson, published in 1748 it tells the tragic story of a heroine whose quest for virtue is continually thwarted by her family and is regarded as one of the longest novels in the english language (based on estimated word count. 'an extraordinary achievement': samuel richardson's clarissa image: culture club/getty images a fter pilgrim's progress and robinson crusoe , the next landmark in english fiction is a towering monument of approximately 970,000 words, clarissa , the longest novel in the english canon.
Clarissa, in full clarissa or, the history of a young lady, epistolary novel by samuel richardson, published in 1747–48 among the longest english novels ever written (more than a million words), the book has secured a place in literary history for its tremendous psychological insight.
Samuel richardson was a major english 18th century writer best known for his three epistolary novels: pamela: or, virtue rewarded (1740), clarissa: or the history of a young lady (1748) and sir charles grandison (1753.
Key facts full title clarissa, or the history of a young lady author samuel richardson type of work novel genre epistolary, realist, psychological language english time and place written 1740 s, london.