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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Shamela was published on 2 April , less than five months after the first edition of Pamela had appeared and three weeks after the third edition was released. How did Shamela parody Pamela? Instead of portraying Pamela as a martyr to virtue, Fielding creates an alternative narrative which casts Pamela, or Shamela as she is now known, as a shameless gold-digger prepared to trade her feigned innocence for wealth and an elevated social position Thou alone art sufficient to teach us as much Morality as we want.
I hear him just coming in at the Door. You see I write in the present Tense, as parson Williams says. Well, he is in Bed between us, we both shamming a Sleep, he steals his hand into my Bosom, which I, as if in my Sleep, press close to me with mine, and then pretend to awake. Shamela Andrews. In which, the many notorious falshoods and misreprsentations [sic] of a book called Pamela [by Samuel Richardson], are exposed Together with a full account of all that passed between her and Parson Arthur Williams; whose character is represented in a manner something different from what he bears in Pamela By Mr Conny Keyber [pseudonym of Fielding].
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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.
An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews