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Samuel Richardson


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Samuel Richardson (19 August 1689 – 4 July 1761) was an 18th-century English writer and printer. He is best known for his three epistolary novels: Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded (1740), Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady (1748) and The History of Sir Charles Grandison (1753). Richardson was an established printer and publisher for most of his life and printed almost 500 different works, with ... more »

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  • ''A widow's refusal of a lover is seldom so explicit as to exclude hope.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Anna Howe, in Clarissa, vol. 4, p. 170, AMS Press (1990).
  • ''To be a clergyman, and all that is compassionate and virtuous, ought to be the same thing.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1742). Pamela, in Pamela, vol. 3, p. 190.
  • ''Who ever was in fault, Self being judge?''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Anna Howe, in Clarissa, vol. 1, p. 70, AMS Press (1990).
  • Oh! what a poor thing is human life in its best enjoyments!—subjected to imaginary evils when it has no real ones to disturb it! and that can be made as effectually unhappy by its apprehensions o...
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1740). Pamela, in Pamela, vol. 2, penultimate journal entry, Riverside (1971)....
  • ''Whenever we approve, we can find a hundred good reasons to justify our approbation. Whenever we dislike, we can find a thousand to justify our dislike.''
    Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Anna Howe, in Clarissa, vol. 8, p. 181, AMS Press (1990).
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