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An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews

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In "An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews" by Henry Fielding, the author presents a satirical work that challenges the popular novel of the time, "Pamela" by Samuel Richardson. The book follows the life of Shamela Andrews, a clever and manipulative young woman who uses her wits to attain wealth and status.

Fielding's writing style is sharp and witty, filled with humor and irony as he pokes fun at the conventions of 18th-century literature. The characters are well-developed, with Shamela standing out as a bold and cunning protagonist who is unafraid to bend the rules to her advantage.

Overall, "An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews" is an engaging and thought-provoking read that provides a refreshing take on traditional storytelling. Fielding's clever satire and lively characters make this book a must-read for fans of classic literature.

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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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