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Dave Wood's Book Report, Sept. 24, 2008

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One of the first novels ever written in English, in 1740, was a humdinger named "Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded," by a London businessman Samuel Richardson.

Richardson was in the stationery business, selling fancy paper to rich women, who needed to send out thank you notes. Problem was, most women back then didn't know how to write.

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