The Power of Sympathy and The Coquette
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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THE COQUETTE OR THE HISTORY OF ELIZA WHARTON A NOVEL FOUNDED ON FACT
From Advice from a Lady of Quality to Her Children
Letter from Annis Boudinot Stockton to Julia Stockton Rush on Mary Wollstonecrafts A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 1792
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