Samuel Richardson

Samuel Richardson

Born 1689.—Died 1761.—William III.—Anne.—George I.—George II.—George III.

This celebrated novelist was born in Derbyshire.  He was educated at Christ's Hospital, and began life as a printer.  He was the first English writer of fiction who, in Sir Charles Grandison, avoided the coarseness which disfigures Smollett's and Fielding's works.  He wrote also Pamela  and Clarissa Harlowe, which have been translated into most of the European languages.

Richardson, Samuel. 1689–1761. Novelist. Author Pamela, Clarissa Harlowe, and Sir Charles Grandison. The slow movement of these stories does not appeal readily to modern taste, but they display a wonderful knowledge of the workings of the human heart. Clarissa, the best, is a fine piece of realism. See Taine's Eng. Lit., Masson's Novelists and their Styles, and Leslie Stephen's Hours in a Library. Pub. Ho. Rou.