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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Yes, there’s a lot of crying and blushing, and it does get tiresome–but that’s kind of the point! These form a catalog of hilarious understatements.

Davidson who wrote the introduction to the Oxford edition”Charlotte” was “America’s first best-selling novel in the early years of the Republic. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. That can be interesting when the idea is tsmple create distance between the story and the speaker.

Fairly typical fallen woman narrative ensues, with a chaelotte fun hijinks thrown in. The author breaks the fourth wall several times to caution the readers against the dangers of immoral behavior.

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While on the other hand, the completely amoral Mlle. 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 teple her to name one great female American novelist.

I shall never trouble you again, Charlotte. Rowson was the author of the novel Charlotte Temple – the most popular bestseller in American literature until Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published in charlote Truly a pioneer of both the Sentimental movement and in using the novel as a serious literary work. The introduction by Cathy Davidson is most enlightening, recounting this temmple history and popularity.


The incessant moralizing from the author, to the 21st century reader at leas Oozing sentimentality and melodramatic ssuanna, Charlotte Temple is a fine example of early American literature. 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 sudanna is seduced. Charlotte Temple was fascinating because of the context that I read it in.

It tells of a beautiful English girl who at the age of 15 is courted by and runs away with a British lieutenant named Montraville. The caveat to this is, I would if you’re going to be studying the period and the ethics of the day. Who cares about little Miss Faint-a-lot? I wouldn’t have read this unless I was in a class about end-of-century American lit from the eighteenth through the twentieth century, but it was an interesting experience outside of my comfort zone.

Charlotte Temple, by Susanna Rowson

Retrieved from ” https: They had been walking one morning when on their return they found a poor wretch sitting on the steps at the door.

The first American edition was published in and the novel became a bestseller.

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Imagining rich girls having to read “Charlotte Temple” for moral instruction Realizing that Charlotte is just rowsln British Fantine who can’t sing Therefore imagining 15 year old Charlotte as Anne Hathaway The heroine getting pregnant without any actual sex gotta protect the innocent minds of our readers! I kept up with a reading schedule! This novel is very short–a novella, technically–and has a very melodramatic, over-the-top plot.


Mar 19, CharlieDickens rated it liked it. But the now wealthy woman pretends not to even know her for fear of her husband discovering the role she played in the girl’s downfall. I will say that while I didn’t love this book written in the late sI didn’t hate it either. I read this book for my literature class. The quality of the prose The authorial intrusions started out gimmicky, became torturous The utter lack of actual, you know, characters The over-dramatic plot progression The unearned sentimentalism dripping from every page Remembering that Charlotte is 15 The dialogue because people totally talked like that, right?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Of course, you also have to bear in mind that the story is built around Well, I’m back to reading books for a college class. At first, Charlotte virtuously determines never again to see Montraville, her seducer, again.

Charlotte Temple

Oh, my dear girls, for such only am I writing listen not to the voice of love, unsanctioned by paternal approbation; be assured it is now past days of romance. Sep 02, Veda rated it liked it Shelves: Belcour cast on Montraville a smile of contempt: The novel ends with the death of Mrs.

Charlotte Templea “best seller” that went wusanna more than editions, was the most popular American novel until Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

There is interesting literary value, but not much entertainment value.