A satire written in 1741 by Henry Fielding to attack the literary style and the content of Pamela, a novel by Samuel Richardson. Richardson's heroine was portrayed as a virtuous girl who was under constant threat of losing her virginity to her employer, Mr. B. Fielding's work told the same story, with slight modifications-- Mr. B was known as Mr. Booby, Pamela as Shamela, and the actions that Pamela makes in order to maintain her virtue are depicted in an entirely different light. The 'virtue' that Pamela talks about constantly in Richardson's work is known as 'vartue' in Shamela, and the actions that Pamela takes to stave off the advances of Mr. B are depicted as attempts by Shamela to entice Mr. Booby to further ridiculous actions.

Fielding's main complaint with Richardson's work was the epistolary style, which necessitated that Pamela's actions be viewed through her eyes and not in an unbiased light. He was also disgusted with the amount of praise Richardson gave to Pamela's 'moral' actions. The parody was received with great delight by the more educated population, and helped pave the way for Fielding's later works.

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