Pamela (or Virtue Rewarded)

Pamela (or Virtue Rewarded)

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Another look at books that have inspired Literary Footprints. This time Jill talks about Pamela (or Virtue Rewarded) by Samuel Richardson




Another famous literary resident Fleet Street was Samuel Richardson an author who also had a printing establishment here where Oliver Goldsmith (Vicar of Wakefield & She Stoops to Conquer) read proofs.  Richardson’s novel, “Pamela (or Virtue Rewarded)” is considered the first real English novel and was a best seller at the time, going into 5 printings.  If they had had them it would have been the Water Cooler conversation topic of it’s day – as much discussed as 50 Shades of Grey.  Pamela had a huge influence on the way women were portrayed in novels for years to come – be good and you’ll get your reward – a husband!!  12 paintings of scenes from the novel where painted by Joseph Highmore (you can see 4 in Tate Britain) were a bit like the first graphic novel – proving there really is nothing new under the sun.
Jill’s walk “Print and the Press: Exploring Fleet Street” is on 13th and 20th October, both starting at 11am – you can get tickets here:
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