Charlotte Temple has ratings and reviews. karen said: this book is baaaaaad. it is melodramatic and sentimental and full of woe is me and what. With an Introduction by Jane Smiley First published in America in , Charlotte Temple took the country by storm—in fact, it was this nation’s. Rowson’s tale of a young girl who elopes to the United States only to be abandoned by her fiancé was once the bestselling novel in American.

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The introduction was the best part of the tempke. Don’t have a Kindle? It was said that ten years after these sad events that Mr. Her reputation is completely ruined and she quickly spirals.

Charlotte Temple, by Susanna Rowson

It’s worth a read if you’d like to know what fascinated people at that time in America. Two, written by a woman who was also a writer of plays, music, textbooks. I liked this book for several reasons.

It is my last request and I temmple never trouble you again. Charlotte Temple, oh you poor, unfortunate, naive soul. Very entertaining, if also susannna preachy. However prudent Charlotte might be in these resolutions, she certainly did not take a proper method to confirm herself in them. No woman can be run away with contrary to her own inclination; then kneel own each morning and request high heaven to keep you free from temptation.


William Rowson went bankrupt, after which his wife made the family living as an actress.

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Foster’s novel promotes American republicanism while Rowson was a British Loyalist whose novel implies that America is not coincidentally the disorderly terrain to which her wayward heroine is seduced. With such chapter titles as “French teachers not always the best women in the world,” “Which people void of feeling ne This book was everything I thought it would be, and more! Essentially the take-away here is that young women are run by their fancies and temptations. In this, it is similar to Hannah Webster Foster’s The Coquette ; both short novels urge their young female readers against corrupting entanglements with men and against extramarital romantic and sexual relations more generally.

All the morality of Jane Austen without any of the fun, Fantine without all the wonderful singing. Montraville was tender, eloquent, ardent, and yet respectful. This is the 18th century version of a soap opera.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Charlotte Temple. A cautionary tale on what happens if we raise our daughters to be “delicate flowers” The heroine giving birth without any actual pregnancy symptoms And my absolute favorite: In her introduction to Charlotte TempleCathy N.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Would recommend Charlotte Temple for any charlotye lover of books who wants to get a feel for a certain timeframe in the span sjsanna American literature rather than for those who chase the thrill of a literary masterpiece upon commencement of every novel.


And great day in the morning, must all the charltote be Alas and alack! The narrator voices her opinion constantly, although this is written in the third person, and this intrusion is actually entertaining.

I’m rating this book based on historical context and for entertainment value. In finality, the historical significance of this book is indeed priceless. Dear Montraville, act more like a man of sense; this whining, pining Charlotte, who occasions you so much uneasiness, would have eloped with somebody else if she had not with you. Crayton — who had refused Charlotte help in her worst troubles — but an outcast, bent on confessing her sins: What a self-serving slut! Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson (1790)

Crayton’s servant and soon gives birth to a child, Lucy. You will get pregnant. Susanna was married in London in to William Rowson.