Shamela

  • by Henry Fielding
  • Narrated by Clare Corbett, Tom Burke, Neville Jason, Joe Marsh, David Shaw-Parker, Georgina Sutton
  • 1 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shamela is a bawdy, spirited, and hilarious response to Samuel Richardson's hugely popular 1740 novel, Pamela. In this pointed satire, Shamela (which transpires to be the real name of Richardson's Pamela) reveals the ulterior motives behind the events that took place in Pamela.
Shamela is unlike the virtuous young lady portrayed in Richardson's novel and she takes command of her master, Squire Booby. Our heroine has planned it all out from the start and she is determined to entrap her master into marriage.
Fielding, most famous as the author of Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews, equated morality with expediency, and he takes advantage of the comic form to provide a multi-layered satire of contemporary politics and values. He lampoons political figures, the clergy, and contemporary writers with criticisms that, most importantly, contribute to a comic tour-de-force unlike any other.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

More

See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Read this after Pamela!

Presented as a list of letters, this satire of Samuel Richardson's best-seller narrates the 'real story' of Pamela Andrews and it's infinitely more enjoyable than the original. The wonderful Clare Corbett narrated both Shamela and Pamela and it's clear she had much more fun doing this book.

There are additional letters included, one from an outraged parson which Fielding uses as a vehicle to deliver contemporary criticisms of Pamela.

This book would be enjoyable enough as a standalone work, but is essential as comic relief for anyone that's been unfortunate enough to read Pamela.
Read full review

- Anfisa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2013
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks