Samuel Richardson (1689 - 1761), prominent English writer, printer, and publisher of the 18th century, was born in Mackworth, Derbyshire. He is best - known for his three epistolary novels, Pamela: Virtue Rewarded (1740), Clarissa: the History of a Young Lady (1748) and Sir Charles Grandison (1753). He was printer who went on to exert a profound influence on the writers of his day and become quite popular among the literary circles.
Regarded by many critics as the “Father of the modern novel”, Richardson is renowned for his epistolary novels. These popular works brilliantly showcase Richardson's understanding of the human psyche, his realistic characterization and dramatic technique.