First published in 1794, Charlotte Temple was the biggest best-seller in American history until half a century later. The story of a young English girl who elopes to America, there only to be cruelly abandoned, the book was repeatedly dramatized during the nineteenth century. Lucy Temple, Rowson's fascinating sequel, tells the story of Charlotte's daughter. These two melodramatic classics by one of the founding mothers of American fiction will amaze you.
Ann Douglas teaches English at Columbia University. Her books include Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s and The Feminization of American Culture.
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