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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd; Abridged edition edition (15 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551114755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551114750
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Arguably the best novel published in Great Britain in the eighteenth century and an undisputed landmark of European literature, Clarissa, at over a million words, is too long for the undergraduate classroom. Here, finally, is an abridgment that, while reducing its length, remains faithful to the spirit of the original. Based on the text of the third edition and judiciously edited by Toni Bowers and John Richetti, the Broadview Clarissa superbly fills a long-standing pedagogical need. With its excellent introduction, detailed notes, and generous background and contextual materials, this edition makes Richardson's masterpiece accessible to twenty-first century students."--Albert J. Rivero

About the Author

Toni Bowers is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. John Richetti is A.M. Rosenthal Professor (Emeritus) of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Both have published widely on eighteenth-century fiction.

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Starting to read this mighty classic can be rather daunting. I had purchased the volumes on Kindle, which was probably a mistake. However I was soon intrigued with the story, in a style I had never previously encountered, and I struggled on. Then I became aware of this abridged version and thought, in the first instance, I would use it alongside the originals for reference etc. I do not normally like abridged stories and usually avoid them. However, I started to read this book from the begining again and was soon changing my mind. I enjoyed this version and found it the ideal way to follow the saga; - for me, at any rate. Up to now I have not gone back to the original version. But, however you read it, this is a fascinating tale; - providing you can stay the course.
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This Edition Over All Others 14 Mar. 2013
By Eliot - Published on Amazon.com
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Can't beat Broadview. They make a great abridgment which conveys continuity without having to wade through the excessive amount of pages in the original.
Needed this for a class 10 Jun. 2013
By Kristen - Published on Amazon.com
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The subtleties in this text are very easy to miss, and it requires a very careful, thorough reading. It is rife with religious allusions, and as an epistolary novel, you can never really be sure if you're getting an accurate accounting of events from any of the characters, although the main character is by far the most reliable.
Lame. 14 Feb. 2015
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Unable to access it. Lame.
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