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Chapter 1 - Samuel Richardson

“Fan Fiction” and Networked Authorship

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 August 2019

Hilary Havens
Affiliation:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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Chapter 1 demonstrates that Richardson’s private and public readers participated in the authorship of and influenced the revisions to his novels. His first novel, Pamela (1740), is perhaps the most notorious object of eighteenth-century revision, given Richardson’s lengthy interactions with his readers and his concern about their responses. Richardson was goaded into writing a sequel to Pamela that was ironically indebted to the “fan fiction” he sought to disparage, in particular John Kelly’s Pamela’s Conduct in High Life (1741). His second novel, Clarissa (1747–48), was composed in consultation with his literary network, as he unhesitatingly added material to remove the nuance from Lovelace’s villainous character and incorporated sexually implicit material into the third edition. For his third novel, Sir Charles Grandison (1753–54), Richardson solicited letters from his friends in an attempt to create a fully collaborative final volume. Although only one of his correspondents attempted a letter, Richardson’s requests for and responses to model letters from his literary circle anticipate a type of social authorship that reached its fullest potential decades later.

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Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Authorship from Manuscript to Print
, pp. 20 - 54
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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  • Samuel Richardson
  • Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Book: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel
  • Online publication: 19 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108663649.002
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  • Samuel Richardson
  • Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Book: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel
  • Online publication: 19 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108663649.002
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  • Samuel Richardson
  • Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Book: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel
  • Online publication: 19 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108663649.002
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