Articles by Nicki Leone

January 14, 2013

Post-40 Bloomers: Samuel Richardson, Persuading Pamela 0

Modern readers might be somewhat amused to learn that this bodice-ripper is regarded as one of the early examples of “realistic” fiction. Is there any plot less true to life than the lord of the manor marrying his serving girl? But Pamela’s realism has little to do with the plausibility of the story. It lies, instead, in the novel’s scope and language.