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This paper examines the public furore surrounding "Pamela" by Samuel Richardson, following its first publication in November 1740. It looks at how so widespread was the novel's readership and popularity, that within a year of this date a further five editions had been published, along with an authorized French translation and pirate editions in London and Dublin. It deals with the revisions which Richardson made to "Pamela" throughout his life, summarizes the differences between the original edition of 1740 and the final definitive 1801 version and examines the reasons for those changes.
From the Paper:"Richardson was nothing if not sensitive, both to criticism and praise. In subsequent editions of Pamela, he included commendations of the novel at the beginning, but also made substantial revisions, especially of the racier passages. Richardson died in 1761, but it was not until 1801 that a final, "definitive" version, which Richardson had worked on throughout the 1750s, was brought out, and that itself was subject to further corrections in 1810. This last version differs extensively from the original text of 1740, differences that starkly illustrate both the extent to which Pamela's fortunes, and those of its heroine, had become matters of public concern, and its author's reactivity to that concern."
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