AN APOLOGY FOR THE LIFE OF MRS.SHAMELA ANDREWS PDF

Feb 01, Dylan rated it liked it If you have ever had the misfortune of suffering through Pamela: or Virtue Rewarded most likely in a college English course , then An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews may be what is needed to wash the lasting bad taste from your mouth. If Samuel Richardsons Pamela was one of the first examples of the English fiction novel, then Henry Fieldings Shamela is one of literatures first spoofs or parodies, having been released only five months after that earlier work. When Pamela was released in , it became an unrivaled literary success, akin to a pre-Victorian Harry Potter, except even more of a cultural sensation than the boy wizard or any other modern piece of literature. The novel was integrated into sermons, towns gathered together to listen in rapture to readings, and there was even a rash of Pamela merchandise and chotchkies that sprung up in its wake. Pamela, which was written in an epistolary format and dually served as a conduct book for young women, centered on a young servant woman whose virtuous nature leads her to resist the sexual advances and assaults of her lecherous Master.

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Feb 01, Dylan rated it liked it If you have ever had the misfortune of suffering through Pamela: or Virtue Rewarded most likely in a college English course , then An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews may be what is needed to wash the lasting bad taste from your mouth.

If Samuel Richardsons Pamela was one of the first examples of the English fiction novel, then Henry Fieldings Shamela is one of literatures first spoofs or parodies, having been released only five months after that earlier work. When Pamela was released in , it became an unrivaled literary success, akin to a pre-Victorian Harry Potter, except even more of a cultural sensation than the boy wizard or any other modern piece of literature.

The novel was integrated into sermons, towns gathered together to listen in rapture to readings, and there was even a rash of Pamela merchandise and chotchkies that sprung up in its wake. Pamela, which was written in an epistolary format and dually served as a conduct book for young women, centered on a young servant woman whose virtuous nature leads her to resist the sexual advances and assaults of her lecherous Master.

At the time, the novel was progressive in its treatment of the social classes and its view that even the lower class could ascend to a higher position through respectable behavior.

Even in its day, there were plenty of detractors who saw the book in a similar fashion, and none more so than Henry Fielding, who seems to have had an abiding, obsessive hatred for the book. Fielding would go on to become a prominent and important literary figure, and would even satirize Pamela in his more mature and developed work Joseph Andrews, but Shamela was his first attempt at both literature and impugning Pamela. One of the most amusing parts of reading Shamela is seeing just how far Fielding is willing to indulge his hatred of the novel.

At only odd pages, Shamela manages to contain many layers of narrative, all of which are presented in an epistolary format. His recipient writes back, claiming that the book is actually a fraud and that he has the real-life letters of Pamela to prove it.

What follows are a series of letters from the real Pamela, which reveal, among other things, that her real name is Shamela, that she is not a chaste servant girl but actually a former prostitute, and that she acted virtuous in order to deceive her Master and trick him into marrying her.

Shamela sticks closely to the events of Pamela, except casts a startling different lens on the characters. Pamela is a conniving whore, her mother is a drunk wretch, her Master is a bumbling fool, and the Parson Williams is a sanctimonious, alcoholic rake.

Fielding takes aim at nearly every facet of the novel. Despite being written in the 18th century, Shamela holds up very well and has many laugh-out-loud moments. However, most of the humorous, biting moments are congregated towards the beginning of Shamela, with much of the book choosing a very odd line of parody, presenting the Pamela character as a hussy, golddigger, and liar. However, she was also undoubtedly a victim of repeated sexual assault and harassment. As for Shamela, its better served as a brief palate cleanser for college students unfortunate enough to have Pamela on their syllabus.

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Publishing history[ edit ] Shamela was originally published anonymously on 4 April and sold for one shilling and sixpence. A second edition came out on 3 November that same year which was partly reimpressed and partly reset where emendations were made. A pirated edition was printed in Dublin in as well. Reprint editions have subsequently appeared as texts for academic study. Oliver, in which Tickletext is completely smitten by Pamela, and insists Oliver gives the book a read. The rest of the story is told in letters between the major characters, such as Shamela, her mother, Henrietta Maria Honora Andrews- who is unwed in this version- Master Booby, Mrs.

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