|Anne Oliver was born in Adelaide, South Australia|
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In preparing for this blog I did a little research on Harlequin. According to Wikipedia, Harlequin Enterprises LTD is a Toronto, Ontario based company and a leading publisher of series romance and women's fiction. It was founded in 1949, and they have 1200 authors worldwide. Their first product was Nancy Bruff's, The Manatee.
Harlequin has a really great website. If you like romance novels and have never visited it, you can do so by clicking HERE. You can purchase physical books and ebooks. There are free online reads and opportunities for free books. There is an online community where you can read blogs and participate in forums. There are also submission guidelines.
I'll end this post with one of the earliest romance novels, Samuel Richardson's, Pamela written in 1740. I haven't read it, but I'm officially adding it to the list!
"One of the most spectacular successes of the flourishing literary marketplace of eighteenth-century London, Pamela also marked a defining moment in the emergence of the modern novel. In the words of one contemporary, it divided the world "into two different Parties, Pamelists and Antipamelists," even eclipsing the sensational factional politics of the day. Preached for its morality, and denounced as pornography in disguise, it vividly describes a young servant's long resistance to the attempts of her predatory master to seduce her. Written in the voice of its low-born heroine, Pamela is not only a work of pioneering psychological complexity, but also a compelling and provocative study of power and its abuse.
Based on the original text of 1740, from which Richardson later retreated in a series of defensive revisions, this edition makes available the version of Pamela that aroused such widespread controversy on its first appearance."