Since the publication of his novel Pamela; or Virtue Rewarded in 1740, Samuel Richardson's place in the English literary tradition has been secured. But how can that place best be described? Over the three centuries since embarking on his printing career the 'divine' novelist has been variously understood as moral crusader, advocate for women, pioneer of the realist novel and print innovator. Situating Richardson's work within these social, intellectual and material contexts, this new volume of essays identifies his centrality to the emergence of the novel, the self-help book, and the idea of the professional author, as well as his influence on the development of the modern English language, the capitalist economy, and gendered, medicalized, urban, and national identities. This book enables a fuller understanding and appreciation of Richardson's life, work and legacy, and points the way for future studies of one of English literature's most celebrated novelists.
Table of Contents
Part I. Life and Works: 1. Portraying the life Thomas Keymer; 2. Publication history Peter Sabor; 3. Correspondence Louise Curran; Part II. Critical Fortunes: 4. Editions Hilary Havens; 5. Contemporary transnational reception Mary Helen McMurran; 6. Reputation Sören Hammerschmidt; 7. Critical reception to 1900 Brian Corman; 8. Critical reception since 1900 Albert J. Rivero; Part III. The Print Trade: 9. The Stationers' Company Ian Gadd; 10. Transnational print trade relations Norbert Schürer; 11. Authorship Betty A. Schellenberg; 12. The literary marketplace Catherine Ingrassia; Part IV. The Book and its Readers: 13. The material book Christopher Flint; 14. Editing Pat Rogers; 15. Reading and readers Eve Tavor Bannet; Part V. Literary Genres and the Arts: 16. The novel April London; 17. Fables and fairy-tales Margaret Anne Doody; 18. Letters Joe Bray; 19. Educational writing Bonnie Latimer; 20. The English language Carol Percy; 21. Salon culture and conversation Markman Ellis; 22. Visual arts Lynn Shepherd; 23. Theatre and drama Darryl P. Domingo; 24. Humour Simon Dickie; Part VI. Social Structures and Social Life: 25. Money and economics Edward Copeland; 26. The law Simon Stern; 27. Family Toni Bowers; 28. Gender Kathleen M. Oliver; 29. Sexuality James Grantham Turner; 30. Medicine and health Heather Meek; 31. Death and mourning culture Peter Walmsley; 32. London Linda Bree; 33. Sentiment and sensibility Katherine Binhammer; 34. Religion E. Derek Taylor; 35. Social hierarchy and social mobility Karen Lipsedge; 36. Politics Howard D. Weinbrot; 37. Nationalism Lisa O'Connell.