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 fiancĂ© was once the bestselling novel in American.

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Charlotte Temple, by Susanna Rowson : chapter9

What a self-serving slut! 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.

Very entertaining, if also quite preachy. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. But it’s a really short read, it’s interesting historically, and the characters are so ridiculous that you just have to enjoy your time with them. Mademoiselle La Rue for instance, a woman of loose morals and the female villain cause she is so improper, the narrator can hardly bear it. Dec 19, Vel Veeter rated it it was ok Shelves: Kindle Rkwson Verified Purchase.

Charlotte Temple and Lucy Temple

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. I liked this templw. Similarly, in her preface to this Modern Library edition, Jane Smiley distinctly implies that those who dislike Charlotte Temple are akin to her male classmates at Yale in the s who challenged her to name one great female American novelist.


So as a historical do I’m rating this book based on historical context and for entertainment value. But it provides a really interesting look at the gender roles of the time period, the expectations of women and men, and the concerns of the public about morality and sexuality.

Charlotte Temple

Charlotte feared the anger of her governess: A novel of sensibility, with an abundance of fainting, a very foreign to our eyes framework of feminine virtue, and comically blatant didactic asides. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Mademoiselle would be turned out of doors.

Charlotte’s seducer and Lucy’s father, John Montraville, was apparently based in part on John Montresora first-cousin of the author, though there are also reflections of a then-current story about General John Burgoyne.

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La Rue, leads her to secret meetings with two British officers who are about to set sail for America to take part in the Revolutionary War.

Now, what I did find interesting was that Ms. While on the other hand, the completely amoral Mlle. Charlotte Temple is full of heavy moralizing, especially when concerns with seduction. I rowsoh loved how the morals of her story are still a much talked about issue in our present day.

Sure the characters are not realistic by our ‘s standards but guys, this book is more than years old. Temple were obliged to go to London on particular business and brought their little Lucy with them. Once you get past the old templ style and accept that the author will direct certain passages directly to her reader, it has a pretty good story line.


He opened the door, and the first object that met his eyes was Charlotte asleep on the bed, and Belcour by her side. Between La Rue and Montraville, they convince Charlotte to elope with him to New York, where his company is ordered to be. Oct 27, Anna C rated it byy was ok. This recommendation against individualism and for sentimental community is the aboriginal form of middle-class feminism eowson will be with us as long as we have the middle class.

But softly, gentle fair one; I pray you throw it not aside till you have perused the whole; mayhap you may find something therein to repay you for the trouble.

So many terrible things happen that I had a hard time believing someone could have that much bad luck. This novel is very short–a novella, technically–and has a very melodramatic, over-the-top plot.

I picked it up to fulfill a list of books that were recommended. Who cares about little Miss Faint-a-lot? Showing of 15 reviews.

Charlotte is made to suffer and pay over an over for her unhappy adventure.