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An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews

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An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews, or simply Shamela, as it is more commonly known, is a satirical novel written by Henry Fielding and first published in April 1741 under the name of Mr. Conny Keyber. Fielding never owned to writing the work, but it is widely considered to be his. It is a direct attack on the then-popular novel Pamela (November 1740) by Fielding's contemporary and rival Samuel Richardson and is composed, like Pamela, in epistolary form. Shamela is written as a shocking revelation of the true events which took place in the life of Pamela Andrews, the main heroine of Pamela. From Shamela we learn that, instead of being a kind, humble, and chaste servant-girl, Pamela (whose true name turns out to be Shamela) is in fact a wicked and lascivious creature, scheming to entrap her master, Squire Booby, into marriage.

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AN APOLOGY FOR THE LIFE OF Mrs. SHAMELA ANDREWS.

(Price One Shilling and Six Pence)

AN APOLOGY FOR THE LIFE OF Mrs. SHAMELA ANDREWS.

In which, the many notorious FALSHOODS and MISREPRSENTATIONS of a Book called

PAMELA ,

Are exposed and refuted; and all the matchless ARTS of that young Politician, set in a true and just Light.

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 that which he bears in PAMELA . The whole being exact Copies of authentick Papers delivered to the Editor.

Necessary to be had in all FAMILIES.

By Mr. CONNY KEYBER .

LONDON :

Printed for A. Dodd, at the Peacock , without Temple bar . M. DCC. XLI.

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To Miss Fanny , &c.

MADAM,

It will be naturally expected, that when I write the Life of Shamela , I should dedicate it to some young Lady, whose Wit and Beauty might be the proper Subject of a Comparison with the Heroine of my Piece... Continue reading book >>


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