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Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady

Authors: Richardson, Samuel
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000, FIC004000, FIC065000
ISBN: 9780698149014, Related ISBNs: 0451468678, 0451529790, 0698149017, 9780451468673, 9780451529794
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 544,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: One of the first great British novels, Samuel Richardson’s classic tale became a legend to his own age and remains so today.

Defying her parents’ desire for her to marry a loathsome man for his wealth, the virtuous Clarissa escapes into the dangerous arms of the charming rogue Lovelace, whose intentions are much less than honorable. This thought-provoking work, written entirely in intimate letters, exposes the delicacy and complexity of affairs of the human heart. The fatal attraction between villain and victim builds and unfolds into a relationship that haunts the imagination as fully as that of Romeo and Juliet or Tristan and Isolde.

Abridged and with an Introduction by Sheila Ortiz-Taylor and a New Afterword by Lynn Shepherd
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