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Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady

Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady - Samuel Richardson, Angus Ross

bookshelves: fraudio, published-1748, epistolatory-diary-blog, britain-england, classic, spring-2010, play-dramatisation, georgian1714-1830

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Carey Combe
Recommended for: Laura, Wanda, Hayes, Sandybanks et al
Read from March 15 to April 05, 2010


** spoiler alert ** Has anyone else noticed how often a trivia question in full view amounts to a plot spoiler? I was left in no doubt as to Clarissa's fate before I even started listening to this. Pooh! Think about the impact please, question setters.

Dramatisation by Hattie Naylor of the 1748 novel by Samuel Richardson.

The beautiful young heiress Clarissa Harlowe is dangerously attracted by the wiles of the notorious libertine Robert Lovelace. Threatened by an imminent marriage arranged with the odious suitor her family have found for her, Lovelace persuades Clarissa to flee with him.

Clarissa Harlowe ...... Zoe Waites
Robert Lovelace ...... Richard Armitage
James Harlowe ...... Oliver Milburn
Solmes ...... Stephen Critchlow
Bella Harlowe ...... Sophie Thompson
Lady Harlowe ...... Alison Steadman
Lord Harlowe ...... John Rowe
Mrs Norton ...... Deborah Findlay
Anna Howe ...... Cathy Sara

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

This is a lovely, engrossing read but it's not without snortable moments due to earnest misery.