The Coquette

Author: Hannah W. Foster

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199840385

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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The Coquette tells the much-publicized story of the seduction and death of Elizabeth Whitman, a poet from Hartford, Connecticut. Written as a series of letters--between the heroine and her friends and lovers--it describes her long, tortuous courtship by two men, neither of whom perfectly suits her. Eliza Wharton (as Whitman is called in the novel) wavers between Major Sanford, a charming but insincere man, and the Reverend Boyer, a bore who wants to marry her. When, in her mid-30s, Wharton finds herself suddenly abandoned when both men marry other women, she willfully enters into an adulterous relationship with Sanford and becomes pregnant. Alone and dejected, she dies in childbirth at a roadside inn. Eliza Wharton, whose real-life counterpart was distantly related to Hannah Foster's husband, was one of the first women in American fiction to emerge as a real person facing a dilemma in her life. In her Introduction, Davidson discusses the parallels between Elizabeth Whitman and the fictional Eliza Wharton. She shows the limitations placed on women in the 18th century and the attempts of one woman to rebel against those limitations.
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A to Z of American Women Writers

Author: Carol Kort

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438107935

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 417

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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.
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The Coquette and The Boarding School

Author: Hannah Webster Foster

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781770481077

Category: Fiction

Page: 356

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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.
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The Routledge Introduction to American Women Writers

Author: Wendy Martin,Sharone Williams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317698568

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The Routledge Introduction to American Women Writers considers the important literary, historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts of American women authors from the seventeenth century to the present and provides readers with an analysis of current literary trends and debates in women’s literature. This accessible and engaging guide covers a variety of essential topics, such as: the transatlantic and transnational origins of American women's literary traditions the colonial period and the Puritans the early national period and the rhetoric of independence the nineteenth century and the Civil War the twentieth century, including modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights era trends in twenty-first century American women's writing feminism, gender and sexuality, regionalism, domesticity, ethnicity, and multiculturalism. The volume examines the ways in which women writers from diverse racial, social, and cultural backgrounds have shaped American literary traditions, giving particular attention to the ways writers worked inside, outside, and around the strictures of their cultural and historical moments to create space for women’s voices and experiences as a vital part of American life. Addressing key contemporary and theoretical debates, this comprehensive overview presents a highly readable narrative of the development of literature by American women and offers a crucial range of perspectives on American literary history.
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The Power of Sympathy and The Coquette

Author: William Wells Brown,Hannah Webster Foster

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440674204

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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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.
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American Women Prose Writers to 1820

Author: Carla Mulford,Angela Vietto,Amy E. Winans

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 541

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This text systematically presents career biographies of American women prose writers to 1820.
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Early America Re-explored

New Readings in Colonial, Early National, and Antebellum Culture

Author: Klaus H. Schmidt,Fritz Fleischmann

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 599

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American Women Writers

A Critical Reference Guide : from Colonial Times to the Present

Author: Taryn Benbow-Pfalzgraf

Publisher: Saint James Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: 4

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This set helps to disseminate information about hundreds of women writers who have been routinely overlooked. The women profiled in this series have literally changed the world, from Margaret Sanger's quest for reproductive freedom to Jane Adams and Hull House, from Sylvia Earle and Rachel Moore, Sylvia Plath, Sara Teasdale, Lorrie Moore, and many others. The women have everyting and nothing in common; the prerequisites for inclusion had only to do with a body of work, the written word in all its forms, and the unfortuante limits of time and space.
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American Women Writers

A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present

Author: Lina Mainiero

Publisher: Frederick Ungar

ISBN: 9780804431514

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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