Coquette and the Boarding School

ISBN-10: 0393931676
ISBN-13: 9780393931679
Edition: 2013
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Description: Published anonymously in 1797, Hannah Webster Foster’s The Coquette grabbed American interest with its ripped-from-the-headlines story of sex and scandal. A steady best seller for decades, the seduction novel was passed down through generations;  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Published anonymously in 1797, Hannah Webster Foster’s The Coquette grabbed American interest with its ripped-from-the-headlines story of sex and scandal. A steady best seller for decades, the seduction novel was passed down through generations; indeed, its heroine became better known than the book’s author. A year later, Foster’s lesser-known follow-up, The Boarding School, provided an equally compelling portrait of women at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same epistolary form. Both novels can now be read in conversation with each other in this new Norton Critical Edition based on the respective first edition texts; the author’s original spelling, punctuation, and usage are retained while obvious printer’s errors are corrected. The texts are joined with a detailed introduction to Foster’s legacy and Elizabeth Whitman’s life along with explanatory annotations and a note on the text.Sources and Contexts unearths a wealth of original material about the environment the works were produced in and the real-life people who inspired them. The three sections, On Coquetry, The Life and Death of Elizabeth Whitman, and The Nineteenth-Century Legacy, include new and corrected transcriptions of Whitman’s letters to Ruth and Joel Barlow, an inventory of items found at Whitman’s room at her death, popular representations of Elizabeth Whitman, and unauthorized sequels to The Coquette. Seven illustrations, including three of Eliza Wharton, are included to enrich the reading experience.Criticism brings together nine diverse contemporary interpretations. Contributors include Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Claire C. Pettengill, Julia A. Stern, Gillian Brown, Jeffrey H. Richards, and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, among others.Chronologies of the lives of Hannah Webster Foster and Elizabeth Whitman are included along with a Selected Bibliography.

List of Illustrations
Preface
A Note on the Texts
The Texts of The Coquette and The Boarding School
The Coquette
The Boarding School
Sources and Contexts
On Coquetry
A modern Coquette's account of herself
For the Massachusetts Gazette. On Coquetry
The Life and Death of Elizabeth Whitman
The Letters of Elizabeth Whitman to Joel and Ruth Barlow, 1779-1783
Inventory of Whitman's Belongings on Her Death
The Elizabeth Whitman Paper Trail
From The Power of Sympathy
A Pathetick Fragment. By the late unfortunate Miss Whitman
The Nineteenth-Century Legacy
From The New England Coquette
From Clara Wharton; A Sequel to Eliza Wharton
Tragedy in Tale of Love
From The Romance of the Association
Criticism
From Domesticating 'Virtue': Coquettes and Revolutionaries in Young America
[Female Friendship in Foster's Novels]
[Live Burial and the Tyrannies of Voice in The Coquette]
From Consent, Coquetry, and Consequences
[Theater, Sexuality, and National Virtue in Foster's Novels]
[The Dialogics of Sisterly Advice in The Boarding School]
[Foster's Epistolarity]
[Gender in the Seduction Tales of the Late Eighteenth Century]
The Coquette and Pseudonymous Attribution
A Chronology
A Chronology
Selected Bibliography

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