Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding

Samuel Richardson
(1689-1761)

Henry Fielding
(1707-1754)

The English novel,the most popular and prolific of all the literary forms,first fully emerged in the 18-th century,due to writers such as Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding.The novel was to a large extend the product of the middle classes,appealing to middle class sensibility,being a patterning of imagined events set against a clearly achieved social background and taking its due from human behaviour and public attitudes.The commonly shared views between the reader and the writer were based on the idea that what was significant in life was what changed a social relationship.Thus,the novel tended towards realism and ...

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this comparison,if this distinction is applied to the 18-th century novelists,then Fielding approximates to Shakespeare and Richardson to Milton".
S.Richardson used to write "Familiar Letters" concerning the problems and circumstances of every day life which served as models to prospective correspondents.He provided ideal letters of consolation,excuses for not lending money and formal recommendations for nurses and chambermaids,but amongst these letters he included some seven letters developing the story of a virtuous servant-girl,embarrassed by the sexual attentions of her master,who finally succeeds in marrying him.Pamela or Virtue Rewarded sprang directly from these letters(the novel as such was first published in 1740) . Richardson claimed that he was writing "to the moment," that is, that Pamela's thoughts were recorded nearly simultaneously with her actions.
The novel tells the story of a young maid of 16, named Pamela, whose master, Mr. B., makes unwanted ...

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as Virginia Woolf and James Joyce) in the sense that it seems as if the reader can actually penetrate the character's mind.The letters are sent by Clarissa Harlowe to her friend Anna Howe and by the main character Richard Lovelace to his friend John Belford(so the novel has four major letter-writers).Richard Lovelace is a very intelligent man who has often been compared to Don Juan,in the sense that he becomes Clarissa's victim in the same way that she is his victim.Although it seems a psychological novel ,it is in fact a realistic one in the sense that Richardson is very much concerned with the social context.Rank and the differences of classes are very important within the novel;the ...

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