With an Introduction by Jane SmileyFirst published in America in 1794, Charlotte Temple took the country by storm-in fact, it was this nation's first bona fide "bestseller." Susanna Rowson's most famous work is the story of an innocent British schoolgirl who takes the advice of her depraved French teacher- with tragic consequences. Seduced by the dashing Lieutenant Montraville, who persuades her to move to America with him, the fifteen-year-old Charlotte leaves her adoring parents and makes the treacherous sea voyage to New York. In the land of opportunity, Charlotte is callously abandoned by Montraville. Alone and pregnant with an illegitimate child, she valiantly fights to stave off poverty and ruin. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the first American edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wareagle78 - LibraryThing
Remorse with a side dish of guilt is the theme of Charlotte Temple, a US bestseller before the term existed. The tale is universal - a lovely, well-brought-up, moral young woman takes a tiny step ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - harayoo95 - LibraryThing
I think that it is a great book for American Literature classes and the content is quite interesting. It is useful for high school level English classes too. Read full review