5 May 1983
Show More The Rapes of Lucretia: A Myth and Its Transformation by Ian Donaldson.
Oxford, 203 pp., £15, October 1982, 0 19 812638 7Show More
The Rape of Clarissa by Terry Eagleton.
Blackwell, 109 pp., £10, September 1982, 0 631 13031 4Show More
Samuel Richardson: A Man of Letters by Carol Houlihan Flynn.
Princeton, 342 pp., £17.70, May 1982, 0 691 06506 3Show More
“... is not the defect he may fear it is. The parts of the book are unequal, since Lucretia has all the thunder (St Augustine, Cranach, Botticelli, Veronese, Titian, Tie-polo, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Richardson, Pushkin), and Brutus only the lighter cavalry (Mlle de Scudéry, Voltaire, Alfieri, Nathaniel Lee, Gavin Hamilton, J.-L. David). However, Donaldson sharply registers the enormous popularity of the ...”