Samuel Richardson

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SR 's three epistolary novels, published between 1740 and 1753, exerted an influence on women's writing which was probably stronger than that of any other novelist, male or female, of the century. He also facilitated women's literary careers in his capacity as member of the publishing trade, and published a letter-writing manual and a advice-book for printers' apprentices.

Milestones

Probably 31 July 1689
SR , conduct letter writer, novelist and printer, was born at Mackworth in Derbyshire, one of nine children.
Eaves, T. C. Duncan, and Ben D. Kimpel. Samuel Richardson: A Biography. Clarendon, 1971.
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Smith, Sarah W. R. Samuel Richardson: A Reference Guide. G. K. Hall, 1984.
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10 November 1739
Breaking off other work, SR began writing the work which became his first novel, the epistolary Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded.
Richardson, Samuel. “Introduction”. Correspondence with Aaron Hill and the Hill Family, edited by Christine Gerrard, Cambridge University Press, 2013, p. i - xlix.
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6 November 1740
SR anonymously published his own first novel, the epistolary Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, in two volumes.
Smith, Sarah W. R. Samuel Richardson: A Reference Guide. G. K. Hall, 1984.
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4 July 1761
SR , conduct letter writer, novelist and printer, died.
Harris, Jocelyn, and Samuel Richardson. “Chronology”. Sir Charles Grandison, The World’s Classics, Oxford University Press, 1986, p. xliii - xlv.
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Biography

Family

Probably 31 July 1689
SR , conduct letter writer, novelist and printer, was born at Mackworth in Derbyshire, one of nine children.
Eaves, T. C. Duncan, and Ben D. Kimpel. Samuel Richardson: A Biography. Clarendon, 1971.
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Smith, Sarah W. R. Samuel Richardson: A Reference Guide. G. K. Hall, 1984.
xiii