'Pamela' in the Marketplace: Literary Controversy and Print Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland (Hardback)
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'Pamela' in the Marketplace: Literary Controversy and Print Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland (Hardback)

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Hardback 306 Pages / Published: 15/12/2005
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Samuel Richardson's Pamela (1740) is often regarded as the first true novel in English and a landmark in literary history. The best-selling novel of its time, it provoked a swarm of responses: panegyrics and critiques, parodies and burlesques, piracies and sequels, comedies and operas. The controversy it inspired has become a standard point of reference in studies of the rise of the novel, the history of the book and the emergence of consumer culture. In the first book-length study of the Pamela controversy since 1960, Thomas Keymer and Peter Sabor offer a definitive account of the novel's enormous cultural impact. Above all, they read the controversy as a market phenomenon, in which the writers and publishers involved were competing not only in struggles of interpretation and meaning but also in the larger and more pressing enterprise of selling print.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521813372
Number of pages: 306
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This excellent book derives from Thomas Keymer and Peter Sabor's previous joint work - The 'Pamela' Controversy ... Providing a wealth of new information in a crisp, witty narrative, it goes far beyond the previous commentaries on the subject of Pamela as a phenomenon of the commercial marketplace. ...this book's dazzling command of historical evidence renders in depth the whole complex dynamics of eighteenth-century cultural production' Modern Language Review
' ... a lively and informative analysis ... admirable and enjoyable ...' Notes and Queries

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