The Power of Sympathy and the Coquette

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Penguin, Nov 1, 1996 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Written in epistolary form and drawn from actual events, Brown’s The Power of Sympathy (1789) and Foster’s The Coquette (1797) were two of the earliest novels published in the United States. Both novels reflect the eighteenth-century preoccupation with the role of women as safekeepers of the young country’s morality.
 

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User Review  - akblanchard - LibraryThing

The dangers of sexual sin and improper conduct are the focus of the two early American novels contained in this volume. In The Power of Sympathy(1789), which, incidentally, is often mentioned as the ... Read full review

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Two early American novels in the epistolary style; not great writing, but if you're into early fiction, they're decent examples. Read full review

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Contents

Editors Note
v
Introduction
ix
Suggestions for Further Reading
liii
A Note on the Texts
lix
OR THE TRIUMPH OF NATURE FOUNDED IN TRUTH
1
THE COQUETTE OR THE HISTORY OF ELIZA WHARTON A NOVEL FOUNDED ON FACT
105
Explanatory Notes
243
From Advice from a Lady of Quality to Her Children
271
Letter from Annis Boudinot Stockton to Julia Stockton Rush on Mary Wollstonecrafts A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 1792
285
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William Wells Brown (1814–1884) was born a slave, escaped to the North and then to England, and became one of the most prominent abolitionists of his time. During his prolific literary career, Brown was a pioneer in several different genres, including travel writing, fiction, and drama.

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