- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 2212 pages
- Dimensions: 218mm x 282mm x 70mm | 2,880g
- Publication date: 3 November 2011
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 1108034136
- ISBN 13: 9781108034135
- Edition statement: Reissue
- Illustrations note: 11 b/w illus. 2 colour illus.
- Sales rank: 1,793,418
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), the English writer and printer best known for his epistolary novels, including Pamela (1740) and Clarissa (1748), had preserved copies of his extensive correspondence with a view to its eventual publication, and these volumes, edited by Anna Laetitia Barbauld and first published in 1804, contain her selection from his papers. Richardson became a printer's apprentice in 1706 and for the rest of his life managed a successful printing business in addition to writing his highly popular and influential novels. After the success of Pamela, Richardson regularly corresponded with leading contemporary literary figures including Henry Fielding and Samuel Johnson. The letters provide fascinating insights into Richardson's life and social activities together with contemporary opinions on his novels and the literature of the period, as well as discussions of current affairs such as the Lisbon earthquake, the education of women, and contemporary morality.
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Table of contents
Volume 1: Life of Richardson; Correspondence with Aaron Hill; Letter from Mr. Warburton; Correspondence with Mr. Strahan; Correspondence with Mr. Harris; Correspondence with Mr. Cave; Letter from Lord Orrery; Correspondence with the Rev. S. Lobb, and Mr. W. Lobb, jun. Volume 2: Correspondence with Dr. Young; Correspondence with Miss M. Collier and Miss Fielding; Correspondence with Colly Cibber and Mrs. Pilkington; Letter from the Rev. James Hervey; Correspondence with the Rev. B. Kennicott; Correspondence with Mr. Duncombe, Miss Highmore, and Miss Mulso; Correspondence with Mr. Channing and Mr. Spence. Volume 3: Correspondence with Mr. Edwards; Correspondence with Mrs. Klopstock; Correspondence with Miss Mulso; Correspondence with Miss Westcomb; Correspondence with Mrs. Scudamore. Volume 4: Correspondence with Dr. and Mrs. Delany, Mrs. Donnellan, and Mrs. Dewes; Correspondence with Miss Sutton; Correspondence with Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan; Correspondence with Lady Bradshaigh, under the name of Balfour. Volume 5: Correspondence with Lady Echlin; Correspondence with the Rev. Mr. Peckard; Correspondence the Rev. Mark Hildesley (Bishop of Sodor and Mann); Correspondence with the Rev. Mr. Loftus; Correspondence with the Rev. Mr. Skelton; Correspondence with the Rev. J. Stinstra; Correspondence with Mr. Defreval, Dr. Johnson, Ode to Mr. Highmore, on Mr. Richardson sitting to him for his picture; Ode on the death of Clarissa, from the German of Major Hoharst; Correspondence with Miss Sack, Mr. Reich, History of Mrs. Beaumont. volume 6: Correspondence with Lady Bradshaigh; Index.