This Old Thing?: Pamela

I haven't done a This Old Thing? in awhile but I decided to bring it back for the new year.

Today we have Pamela by Samuel Richardson. From the back cover:

Pamela created a sensation when it was published in 1740- and it has never ceased to be controversial.

Told in a series of letters, it is a story of a serving maid who is relentlessly pursued by her dead mistress's son. In defending her virginity so vigorously, Pamela, the first important English heroine to actually work for her living, rebels against the social attitudes which dictated that lower-class girls were not supposed to set a value on themselves.
 Even though it's written by a man it sounds like a good choice for the Women Unbound Challenge.

I picked this one up at the last library book sale. It was a $2. It's in very good shape.

Have you read Pamela? Did you like it? Have you found any old gems yourself lately?

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  1. I haven't read it, but I feel like I have! A good friend of mine in school was an Early Americanist, and he talked about this one ALL the time.

  2. is this book using the classical language???
    btw...i hope u'll enjoy it...=)

  3. I've heard of it, but never read it. It'll be interesting to hear what you think of it when you get to it!

  4. I have it. I've read part of it. I couldn't finish it. I thought it was quite a waste.

    In my opinion, only a man could write something as unrealistic as that. Stockholm Syndrome- that's all I'm saying.

  5. Andi- What did he say about it?

    cj'alhafiz- The cover says it was updating in 1801. If you could call that updated!

    Brooke- I had a look at the Wiki for it and I think I know what you are saying. I felt that way about Moll Flanders- that only I man would write a woman that way. I'll give it a shot anyway though!

  6. I love seeing "Classic" written on a book I've not even heard of. Instant tbr status.

  7. I haven't heard of this! Can't wait to read what you think about it.

  8. I haven't read it, but I read and laughed so hard through SHAMELA. Pamela is supposedly a really over-wrought and moralistic novel and so it was the source of inspiration for Shamela, the first ever satirical novel written. So most people now read Shamela and not Pamela. But I bet you'll find a lot of fun stuff in Pamela :-)

  9. Mostly he just went on about how brilliant it was and important to his focus as he was studying the evolution of the Novel in Britain and America. Beyond that, I don't remember much. We gave him a hard time for being an early Americanist because we were more into contemporary and rhetoric. All in good fun, of course.


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