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Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady (1748)

Published in Britain in 1748 and considered the longest novel, based on estimated word count, Clarissa tells the tragic story of a heroine whose quest for virtue is continually thwarted by her family. Written by Samuel Richardson, it is regarded as his masterpiece and is one of three books that he is known for.

Clarissa has been adapted into a 1991 TV series and a March/April 2010 radio adaptation.

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