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Paperback Clarissa Book

ISBN: 0395051649

ISBN13: 9780395051641


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"Oh thou savage-hearted monster What work hast thou made in one guilty hour, for a whole age of repentance " Pressured by her unscrupulous family to marry a wealthy man she detests, the young Clarissa... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Read the UNABRIDGED Clarissa!

The UNABRIDGED Clarissa (Penguin ed.) is a powerful, moving eighteenth-century English masterpiece, the first great psychological novel. Its length may seem daunting and it does take at least six weeks to read, but you will be rewarded by finding yourself immersed in the minds of Clarissa and Lovelace. You will feel as though you are living in their world, facing their moral dilemmas, deciding on courses of action, predicting consequences. However, if you accidentally pick up the Sherburn ABRIDGEMENT of Clarissa, you will NOT be able to savor Richardson's famous "writing to the moment." If you doubt me, take a look at Mary Anne Doody and Florian Stuber's article, "Clarissa Censored," in the journal Modern Language Studies (1988). The abridgement is a travesty of Richardson's greatest novel.

great story to get into....

A wonderful book! Using letters to tell the story was fascinating and kept my interest piqued. I became so engrossed over time, I felt I was living the story...The characters were very well defined in description and in their writing style. The length of the book was a bonus to keep me there. This book was a wonderfully emotional experience for me. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to read the classics of this period.

A powerful experience that leaves the reader breathless.

On first seeing this novel one is intially amazed at its length. This may be disconcerting at first, but it undoubtedly adds to the richness of the work;which is full of conflict, drama, beautifully written (and convincing dialogue)and of course well delineated characters. The characters are in fact so well delineated they eventually assume a life of their own, and seem to act out their roles almost independant of their creator. This is a splendid example of how effective the epistolary form could be, in moments of tension and inner conflict. Richardson probes his characters minds until the reader knows them inside out. A powerful and tragic work it deeply influenced succsessive authors well into the 19th century, and can still do so today

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