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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Charlotte Temple: Susanna Haswell Rowson: : Books

I think this work is better served in college where one can dissect the writing, plot, and period in which it was crafted. Don’t have a Kindle? Spurned by the corrupt teacher, she is taken in by her servant. Open Preview See a Problem? My edition included history on the author which was as enjoyable as her story itself. When looking at this book from today’s perspective and a feminist oneI found it quite inte Charlotte Temple, oh you poor, unfortunate, naive soul.

Charlotte Temple

They had been walking one morning when on their return they found a poor wretch sitting on the steps at the door. Quite disappointing for a female lead.

There they lived until the start of the Revolutionary War when a patriotic call of duty recalled Lieutenant Haswell to England. Oct 18, Rebekah rated it really liked it.

Crayton’s servant and soon gives birth to a child, Lucy. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Once in the book, it is mentioned that females are supposed to be meek, good natured and should they be deceived and acted upon cruelly, good and honour bound women break while those of loose morals seek revenge.


Rowson’s narrative reminds me of a story a mother would tell her daughter in order to help her find the “right” husband and live the “right” way.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Charlotte Temple. Could I flatter myself that a fear for my safety or twmple wish for my welfare occasioned it, how happy it would make me. However, the French teacher, Mademoiselle La Rue, is not a good girl and really shouldn’t be friends with Charlotte. There’s no way to tell if I would have been bothered by the moralizing, condescending tone had I read the book in the s.

Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it.

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Sure, but it shouldn’t be read that way. The first American edition was published in and the novel became a bestseller.

I think this work is better served in college w “Charlotte Temple” was not what I was expecting. And then there chwrlotte all the writing.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Rarely do you see someone in this early 19th century period come out in support of women who have eloped or had a child out of wedlock, so on one hand I do think this is an interesting piece on that point.

That’s a whole other topic. The “Norton Anthology” from which I read this piece had an introduction in which they explained that Ms.

Fairly typical fallen woman narrative ensues, with a few fun hijinks thrown in. That said, perhaps the best way for me to illustrate exactly how I feel about this book is to disclose my one takeaway: A cute British soldier comes along and convinces her to elop I liked this book for several reasons.


Charlotte Temple, by Susanna Rowson

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. The author uses these asides that I actually liked I imagined the characters froze in the seen fade out and the narrator steps out with a suxanna as they address the readerperhaps not so much in spite of it seeming a bit corny as much as because of hcarlotte.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. I shall never trouble you again, Charlotte. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat May 17, Sandra rated it liked it.

The characters are, on the whole, cardboard stereotypes. Amazon Drive Charlottte storage from Amazon. Absolutely, one of my favorite books! Moreover, those responsible for her trouble are duly punished—though not her seducer himself; as the only remotely complex character in the novel, he suffers remorse, often tries to do the right thing, and is sometimes extenuated by the plot as when he is misled that Charlotte has been unfaithful.

From the amount of writing she did, she must have been an exceedingly busy woman. May 28, Mela marked it as did-not-finish.