Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding. The Novel. In the 18th century, the English novel was still fairly new. Authors were still experimenting with different styles of writing. Samuel Richardson. 1689 - 1761. Samuel Richardson. Richardson wrote Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded in 1740.
1689 - 1761
Mr B becomes obsessed with beautiful Pamela and makes several attempts to seduce her. Eventually he kidnaps her and holds her hostage in his country house.
1707 - 1754
A literary work that imitates the characteristic style of an author for comic effect or ridicule.
Fielding is saying that the virtuous Pamela is in fact a liar or a “sham.”