Books: Parody in Pink

ANOTHER PAMELA OR, VIRTUE STILL REWARDED (314 pp.)—Upton Sinclair—Viking ($3).

In 1740 a London printer named Samuel Richardson helped change the course of literary history by writing that forerunner of the modern novel, Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded. Fashionable London ladies wept till the rouge ran about Serving Maid Pamela Andrews' trials at the hands of her lecherous master, and marveled at the way she held him at bay with moral philosophy or (since he was prepared to go to any lengths of force) by dropping off into swoons that rendered her cold and stiff....

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