Charlotte Temple

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Wildside Press, Dec 1, 2009 - Fiction - 218 pages
Susanna Rowson (1762-1824) was a British-American novelist, poet, playwright, religious writer, stage actress and educator. Rowson was the author of the novel "Charlotte Temple," one of the most popular bestsellers in American literature.

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Susanna Rowson, nee Haswell (1762 - 2 March 1824) was a British-American novelist, poet, playwright, religious writer, stage actress, and educator. Rowson was the author of the 1791 novel Charlotte Temple, the most popular best-seller in American literature until Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852. It was as governess that she wrote her first work, Victoria, dedicated to the Duchess of Devonshire, published in 1786, and in the same year she married William Rowson, a hardware merchant and Royal Horse Guards trumpeter. In 1791, she published the novel now referred to as Charlotte Temple; it became the first American best-selling novel. After William's hardware business failed, he and Susanna turned to acting. In 1793, as a member of the theater company of Thomas Wignell, she returned to America, performing in Philadelphia.

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