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Early Works

Early Works
'Aesop's Fables', 'Letters Written to and for Particular Friends' and Other Works

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Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Samuel Richardson

  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521830522

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  • This is the first edition to assemble all of the earliest known works by Samuel Richardson (1689–1761), one of the most influential authors in the English tradition. Richardson's exercises in conduct-writing, religious controversialism, anti-theatrical polemic, occasional verse, literary criticism – and his popular and surprisingly revealing edition of Aesop's Fables – resonate throughout his later work while claiming ample legitimacy of their own. Readers familiar with only Pamela, Clarissa and Sir Charles Grandison will gain a fresh appreciation of the genesis of and the historical and cultural complexities at work in these famous novels, and readers new to Richardson will encounter an agile writer who invites closer consideration. A lengthy introduction situates the constituent works in Richardson's career as well as in the period more broadly, and the extensive textual apparatus records the bibliographical histories of the texts and their treatment by their present editor.

    • The first scholarly edition of Richardson's first published works
    • Offers extensive explanatory notes, full textual apparatus and a detailed introduction
    • Includes Richardson's edition of Aesop's Fables
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    "The editorial apparatus in excellent, especially the invaluable explanatory notes....This Cambridge edition of Richardson is a must-have for specialists....Essential."

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521830522
    • length: 848 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 161 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.45kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    General editors' preface
    List of abbreviations
    General introduction
    Textual introduction
    The Apprentice's Vade Mecum (1733)
    A Seasonable Examination of the Pleas and Pretensions (1735)
    Verses from The Gentleman's Magazine (1736)
    Preface to Aubin, A Collection of Entertaining Histories and Novels (1739)
    Aesop's Fables (1739)
    Letters Written to and for Particular Friends (1741)
    Six Original Letters upon Duelling (1765)
    Appendix. The Infidel Convicted (1731)
    Bibliographical descriptions of early editions
    Explanatory notes

  • Author

    Samuel Richardson


    Alexander Pettit, University of North Texas
    Alexander Pettit is Professor of English at the University of North Texas.

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