Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

E. Derek Taylor, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Chene Heady, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Michael Lund, Ph.D.


This author details Richardson’s revision process as he edits his first novel Pamela as the last thing he does before dying. There are three chapters detailing Richardson’s motives behind revising his first novel and his actual revision process, which included three main techniques—substitution, addition, and deletion. Motives considered and argued were: moral purpose and criticism received from others—especially analyzing Shamela, a satire of Pamela—which undermines the morality that Richardson had hoped Pamela accomplished. At the end of the essay, there is an extensive chart complied by the author, spanning a total of 55 pages, of all of Richardson’s revisions as well.



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