Shamela Andrews, An Apology for the Life of Mrs

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A parody by H. Fielding, published pseudonymously 1741.

Richardson's Pamela was published in 1740, and Fielding, irritated by what he regarded as the sententious hypocrisy of the book, replied with the lively travesty Shamela. Events and characters remain as in Pamela, but all is now seen in a very different light, with Parson Williams appearing as a scheming rogue, Mr B as Mr Booby, Pamela as a calculating hussy, and morality equated with expediency throughout. Richardson was convinced the work was Fielding's and never forgave him.

Subjects: Literature.

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