'An authoritative study of an early master of the novel - in this book Austin Dobson provides a critical and biographical study of one of the great novelists of 18th century England, most famous for the lengthy novel Pamela and the later Clarissa Harlowe. All of Samuel Richardson's novels were enormously popular in their day. Although he was a verbose and sentimental storyteller, his emphasis on detail, his psychological insights into women, and his dramatic technique have earned him a prominent place among English novelists.
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