Clarissa Harlowe, or the History of a Young Lady

First published in 1748, Clarissa is the long and tragic tale of the ever virtuous Miss Clarissa Harlowe Though her family, newly wealthy, wishes to enter the aristocracy, they can only do so by marrying Clarissa to an unrefined and loveless man She is soon offered protection from the selfish motives of her family by Robert Lovelace, who tricks Clarissa into running awFirst published in 1748, Clarissa is the long and tragic tale of the ever virtuous Miss Clarissa Harlowe Though her family, newly wealthy, wishes to enter the aristocracy, they can only do so by marrying Clarissa to an unrefined and loveless man She is soon offered protection from the selfish motives of her family by Robert Lovelace, who tricks Clarissa into running away with him Though witty and urbane, Lovelace soon proves himself a villainous rake, eager to strike out at the Harlowes by making sexual advances on their highly moral daughter Clarissa repeatedly refuses the vague offers of marriage Lovelace gives her, deceiving herself by denying her physical attraction to him, yet holding true to her belief in virtue, even as she grows increasingly ill from the stress of her situation A masterful epistolary novel, Clarissa is a tragic heroine who remains true to her quest for virtue to the very end Contained in this book is the first of two volumes.
Clarissa Harlowe or the History of a Young Lady First published in Clarissa is the long and tragic tale of the ever virtuous Miss Clarissa Harlowe Though her family newly wealthy wishes to enter the aristocracy they can only do so by marry

  • Title: Clarissa Harlowe, or the History of a Young Lady
  • Author: Samuel Richardson
  • ISBN: 9781420939163
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Clarissa Harlowe, or the History of a Young Lady”

    1. Ooookay so Volume 1 of 9. Here is a quick synopsis of nearly 200 pages:Clarissa (with the back of her hand pressed to her forehead in classically melodramatic style): "I shant! I shant marry Mr. Solmes. Please just let me be single!"Various family members: "Why must you be so obstinate and spoiled? You're locked in the house until you learn to obey."Mr. Lovelace lurks in the shadows and plots how he can conquer Clarissa, although her family despises him since he tried to kill her brother in a du [...]

    2. Longer than War & Peace, told entirely in letters, practically in real time. It's like watching paint dry, only more dark, claustrophobic and creepy. This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read, but not for the faint of heart!

    3. My goodness, she does witter on. Admittedly she's young but really very silly too. I will not be reading the other volumes - at least, not at any foreseeable time. However, Richardson does an amazing job of getting inside the head of his character.

    4. Epistolary novels require a certain amount of willing suspension of disbelief, and this one is no exception. Clarissa's story is a tragic one that comes across at times like a morality play, and it definitely has some strong opinions about the characters within.

    5. English 540A: English Fiction, 18th C Novel - Main characters are Clarissa, Lovelace, Anna Howe, and Clarissa's family, the Harlowes. A novel that is told completely through correspondence. A story about a young woman who tries to make decisions for herself but is thwarted by her family and societal mores of the time. A very long, confusing, boring novel (and we read the abridged version).

    6. This novel is over 1,500 pages and luckily, I found out that it is on the Kindle for free and printed into 9 volumes, so this review is about the first volume. The novel follows titular character, Clarissa Harlowe, a young good and virtuous woman, who is lusted after by the creepy Robert Lovelace. After her brother and Lovelace duel, Clarissa is being made to marry a horrifying man named Mr. Solmes because her family believes she is in love with Lovelace. She refuses to marry Mr. Solmes because [...]

    7. Lot of letters between friends - could have said as much in less but there you go! So far, Mr Lovelace has been introduced to Clarissa's sister when really he meant to be introduced to Clarissa; he therefore turns the sister down and turns his addresses to Clarissa, who is not interested. Sister Bella is not happy with this and joins forces with spoilt, selfish brother James who is displeased that Clarissa has been left independent property by their grandfather - property that would normally hav [...]

    8. Having just forced myself to finish Vol.1 of this novel, I can't imagine reading the remaining volumes despite the fact that so much of the drama seems to lie ahead. This first volume seemed like an interminable self-examination of several characters getting nowhere in their argument about the appropriateness of a suitor. In the end, they all come across as whiny, self-absorbed prats. It felt droning and repetitive.

    9. Not going to tell you this is the most scintillating thing ever written, but it is an interesting look into the development of the novel. This one is in epistolary form. RIchardson was a big influence on Jane Austen.

    10. A bid longer thanThe writing is very well done, the drama very thoughtful, and impressive way put together with letters. However, the main body of the drama and arguments draw much over and over and sometimes overwhelming.

    11. Oh my goodness - I've never read a more boring book in my life. I was interested for the first quarter of the book and enjoying the writing but then it was like Groundhog day. The same thing over and over again. I forced myself to finish it but I won't be reading books 2-9.

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