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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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He was then going to leave her; but starting wildly from the bed, she threw herself on her knees before him, protesting chxrlotte innocence and entreating him not to leave her. You might think that all this special pleading from then till now suggests that Charlotte Temple is just not very good qua novel, and you would be right.

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Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson (1790)

When you learn about sentimentalism and its role in American literature and society, Charlotte’s tale of woe takes on an wusanna new context. Temple takes Charlotte’s child back to England.

But I reject Smiley’s implicit claim that to judge Charlotte Temple not very sysanna interesting is to disparage women’s literary achievement: So many terrible things happen that I had a hard time believing someone could have that much bad luck. From the amount of writing she did, she must have been an exceedingly busy woman. But she recovered enough to tell her story it was the former Mlle. In conclusion, I cite my personal hero in one of his best-remembered reviews.

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Sometimes it was so hilarious. Anyways, from a historical perspective, it’s quite interesting how gender roles are portrayed, how women are viewed, what men are supposed to achieve etc. Then she comes to America, gets pregnant, gets dumped by the British soldier and dies. She’s fifteen years old, the only child of two doting parents.


Thankfully, we’ve advanced since then. But, I did get a little weary of the author talking to her reader about things other than Charlotte’s story. But yeah, Charlotte was just naive and stupid. Why oh why didn’t you listen to your parents? Her politics, too, are different: This hardly seems poetic justice, but on the very last page of the book, in very small print, all is made right: Lists with This Book.

If the product is purchased by linking through, Literary Ladies Guide receives a modest commission, which helps maintain our site and helps it to continue growing! The night before she is to be allowed to go home to her family — her father is the younger son of an earl — for the celebration of her birthday, she is persuaded to go with the officer with whom she has fallen in love. Not exactly my favorite novel, Charlotte Temple is worth reading–in the way Richardson’s Pamela is worth reading.

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And there the book ends. Penguin Books,Introduction, pp. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Not progressive in terms of women’s literature at all, but definitely worth exploring.

I forgot to put this on Goodreads! To ask other readers questions about Charlotte Templeplease sign up. What is interesting about Charlotte, from a writer’s point of view, is the way she structured the novel. Buy the selected items together This item: I think this work is better served in college where one can dissect the writing, plot, and period in which it was crafted. With such chapter titles as “French teachers not always the best women in the world,” “Which people void of feeling need not read,” and “Subject continued,” it would be hard to disappoint.


Luckily, my foremothers fought so that I would be unable to imagine myself in the shoes of Charlotte – for yes, she’s annoying. And though he makes arrangements for her care and protection, the man through whom these arrangements are made proves false. According to Rowson, if you her novel bores you, you are corrupt and un-Christian; according to Smiley, if Rowson’s novel bores you, you are reactionary and bigoted.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. I also loved how the morals of her story are still a much talked about issue in our present day. He kissed her hand. This book was everything I thought it would be, and more! I don’t think adhering to rules blindly as the narrator suggests it is the way to go.

Things that made me want to laugh: It was interesting to read but reminded myself too much of a sappy soap opera. Would recommend Charlotte Temple for any true lover of books who wants to get a feel for a certain timeframe in the span of American literature rather than for those who chase the thrill of a literary masterpiece upon commencement of every novel.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Literary fashions of the late 18th century abound in the book.

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Also, these aren’t novels, but works, and works exist in a transcendental sphere of language, and literary criticism is a juvenile attempt to force human sensibilities onto the god-like state of the word. Heroine is walked over like a carpet and lives miserably til she dies.

She would address the readers directly and it was so fun at times.