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The Coquette

Author: Hannah Webster Foster
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486806359
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Based on the true and tragic story of Eliza Whitman, subject of America's first tabloid scandal, this 1797 sentimental novel recounts a young woman's choice between duty, romance, and freedom.

A To Z Of American Women Writers

Author: Carol Kort
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438107935
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Presents a biographical dictionary profiling important women authors, including birth and death dates, accomplishments and bibliography of each author's work.

The Coquette And The Boarding School

Author: Hannah Webster Foster
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 9781770481077
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Hannah Webster Foster based The Coquette on the true story of Elizabeth Whitman, an unmarried woman who died in childbirth in New England. Fictionalizing Whitman’s experiences in her heroine, Eliza Wharton, Foster created a compelling narrative of seduction that was hugely successful with readers. The Boarding School, a less widely known work by Foster, is an experimental text, part epistolary novel and part conduct book. Together, the novels explore the realities of women’s lives in early America. The critical introduction and appendices to this edition, which explore female friendship and the education of women in the novels, frame Foster as more than a purveyor of the sentimental novel, and re-evaluate her placement in American literary history.

A Letter To The Women Of England And The Natural Daughter

Author: Mary Robinson
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 1551112361
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Mary Robinson’s A Letter to the Women of England (1799) is a radical response to the rampant anti-feminist sentiment of the late 1790s. In this work, Robinson encourages her female contemporaries to throw off the “glittering shackles” of custom and to claim their rightful places as the social and intellectual equals of men. Separately published in the same year, Robinson’s novel The Natural Daughter follows the story of Martha Morley, who defies her husband’s authority, adopts a found infant, is barred from her husband’s estate and is driven to seek work as an actress and author. The novel implicitly links and critiques domestic tyrants in England and Jacobin tyrants in France. This edition also includes: other writings by Mary Robinson (tributes, and an excerpt from The Progress of Liberty); writings by contemporaries on women, society, and revolution; and contemporary reviews of both works.

The Power Of Sympathy And The Coquette

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440674204
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Written in epistolary form and drawn from actual events, Brown’s The Power of Sympathy (1789) and Foster’s The Coquette (1797) were two of the earliest novels published in the United States. Both novels reflect the eighteenth-century preoccupation with the role of women as safekeepers of the young country’s morality.