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Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded
by Samuel Richardson
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Samuel Richardson's first novel, Pamela: or Virtue Rewarded (1740) was a bestseller in its time. As its heroine became an icon of feminine virtue, so she also became the subject of vicious parody. Within its didactic account of a servant girl who resists her libidinous master, this brilliant epistolary novel creates high erotic and moral tension.
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