ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

(1689-1761)


Samuel Richardson, the celebrated author of "Pamela" and "Clarissa," was born near Derby but raised in London, where in he was apprenticed to a stationer before going into business as a printer in 1719. He may have attended Merchant Taylors' School or Christ's Hospital, though no records survive. His business prospered and his fame as a novelist provided entry into polite society; among his large circle of friends were Hester Mulso Chapone, Samuel Johnson; Joseph Spence was one of the many who were invited to comment upon Clarissa-in-progress.


TEXT RECORDS:

1750Letter to Miss Highmore, 22 June, 1750.

PUBLICATIONS:

The apprentice's vade mecum. 1733.
A seasonable examination of the pleas and pretensions of ... play houses. 1735.
Aesop's fables. 1739.
The negotiations of Sir Thomas Roe [ed. Richardson]. 1740.
Pamela: or virtue rewarded. 2 vols, 1740.
Letters written to and for particular friends. 1741.
A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain [Defoe, supplemented by Richardson]. 4 vols, 1742.
Clarissa: or the history of a young lady. 7 vols, 1747-48.
The history of Sir Charles Grandison. 7 vols, 1754.
The case of Samuel Richardson of London, printer. 1753.
Letter to a lady. 1754.
Answer to a letter from a friend. 1754.
An address to the public. 1754.
A collection of the moral and instructive sentiments contained in the histories of Pamela, Clarissa, and Sir Charles Grandison. 1755.
The paths of virtue delineated. 1756.
Correspondence of Richardson, ed. Barbauld. 6 vols, 1804.
Selected letters, ed. John Caroll. 1964.
The Richardson-Stinstra correspondence, ed. William C. Slattery. 1969.