Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Group Read of Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

Clarissa Group Read

Do you like reading 18th century literature? Have you always wanted to read Clarissa by Samuel Richardson? Are you looking for a challenge for 2012? If so, here is your invitation to join an international group read of this 18th century epistolary novel. Clarissa is composed of 537 letters and is about 1500 pages long. (see plot synopsis below)

Terri is co-hosting this year long online reading event with another book blogger named JoAnn. The plan is to read the letters in the novel close to the corresponding dates of January 10th through December 18th.

Terri and JoAnn will be posting monthly reading updates on their blogs. There will also be discussions on Twitter using the hashtag #Clarissa. You can participate by:
  • writing and publishing your own reading updates on your blog (the co-hosts will provide a way for you to share these updates)
  • commenting on either Terri's or JoAnn's reading updates at their blogs
  • joining in on Twitter conversations
  • or all three!
Along with monthly reading updates of their own, Terri and JoAnn will take turns each month hosting a place where you may leave a link to any Clarissa reading updates that you publish on your own blog.

Access the reading schedule and linking information at the Clarissa Group Read page.

**You do not need to be a book blogger or maintain a blog to participate.**

Would you like to join us? Just leave a comment on this post or contact Terri for more information about this event.

Plot synopsis (from Amazon.com):
Pressured by her unscrupulous family to marry a wealthy man she detests, the young Clarissa Harlowe is tricked into fleeing with the witty and debonair Robert Lovelace and places herself under his protection. Lovelace, however, proves himself to be an untrustworthy rake whose vague promises of marriage are accompanied by unwelcome and increasingly brutal sexual advances. And yet, Clarissa finds his charm alluring, her scrupulous sense of virtue tinged with unconfessed desire. Told through a complex series of interweaving letters, "Clarissa" is a richly ambiguous study of a fatally attracted couple and a work of astonishing power and immediacy. A huge success when it first appeared in 1747, and translated into French and German, it remains one of the greatest of all European novels.

This event is not sponsored by the Darling Library. All communication regarding this international reading event should be directed to Terri.

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