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Clarissa: The History of a Young Lady,…

Clarissa: The History of a Young Lady, Riverside edition (Abridged)

by Samuel Richardson, George Sherburn (abridgment)

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Lovelace's love for Clarissa and the young woman's attitudes toward marriage are revealed through the series of letters comprising this eighteenth-century classic.



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This was just way too drawn out. I read the abridged version, and I still thought 2/3 of it was way too wordy. If building suspense was the plan, they overdid it and took it into "I don't care anymore" instead. But, the middle third of the book was good! ( )
  aketzle | Dec 8, 2013 |
Clarissa Harlowe, the tragic heroine of Clarissa, is a beautiful and virtuous young lady of a family that has become very wealthy only in recent years, and is now eager to become part of the aristocracy by acquiring estates and titles through advantageous pairings. She is forced by her relatives to marry a rich but heartless man against her will and, more importantly, against her own sense of virtue. Desperate to remain free, she lets a young gentleman of her acquaintance, Lovelace, to scare her into escaping with him. However, she refuses to marry him, longing — unusually for a girl in her time — to live by herself in peace. Lovelace, in the meantime, has been trying to arrange a fake marriage all along, and considers it a sport to add Clarissa to his long list of conquests. However, as he is more and more impressed by Clarissa, he finds it difficult to keep convincing himself that truly virtuous women do not exist.
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  librarychick | Nov 8, 2005 |
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Please do not combine with other forms of Clarissa. This is the Riverside edition (ISBN 0395051649), which is severely abridged. It should remain its own work. Abridgment by George Sherburn

One of the longest novels in the English language. First edition contains about 969,000 words. Third edition contains some 5,500,000 characters, over one million words. Published in nine volumes.
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