đź“»BBC radio play production of Samual Richardson’s Clarissa Review

Linnet Moss

Robert Lovelace, the antihero in Richardson’s voluminous epistolary novel Clarissa (1748), is the Arch-Rake, the granddaddy of all the dissipated, black-hearted, handsome devils in romantic literature. He arrived on the scene even earlier than the famous Vicomte de Valmont in Choderlos de Laclos’ Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1782). BBC Four recently re-aired a four part radio version of Clarissa, starring Richard Armitage and Zoe Waites. (I’m publishing this a day early, as episode one is still available for another 12 hours, and the other episodes for a few more days.)

In spite of the title, the book and the show belong to Lovelace.

Richard-in--Robin-Hood--richard-armitage-605024_1024_576 Armitage in sexy villain mode, from “Robin Hood”

In the romance novels of today, the rake has been transformed into a dashing fellow with a checkered past who only requires the love of a good woman to be reformed into a model husband. The website All About Romance defines…

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