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 fiancĂ© was once the bestselling novel in American.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The book tells of the seduction of a British schoolgirl by a dashing soldier, John Montraville, who brings her to America and there abandons her, pregnant and ill. As such, it belongs to the seduction novel genre popular in early American literature.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. The writing style, as expected, is rather stilted and archaic. For these reasons I love it. I picked it up to fulfill a list of books that were recommended. My edition included history on the author which was as enjoyable as her story itself. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I recommend this short book on many levels, including history of marriage, sueanna, and women’s history.


If nothing else, read it as satire, the ridiculous way women behaved back then was, well, ridiculous. I wish I had read this bg before meeting my Ex Wife. Live lessons from begining to end.

This was hard to read just because it’s older language, obviously it was written susanja the US constitution, but if you can shut out all the critics and historians and everyone who has something to say about this book.

Basically it’s a romance novel templee bad shit happens in colonial America.

Charlotte Temple

What’s not to love? Sure the characters are not realistic by our ‘s standards but guys, this book is more than years old. I read this book for my literature class. Even though the story templ the tem;le of drama, it was a good reading. I finished the book in one night; I could not stop reading. All I wanted to know was what was going to be Charlotte ‘s fortune. Have mercy on that little naive soul. It was interesting to read but reminded myself too much of a sappy soap opera. I rated this a 2.

Very overdramatic but it’s not a bad read. More like a ‘meh’. According to Cathy N. Davidson who wrote the introduction to the Oxford edition”Charlotte” was “America’s first best-selling novel in the early years of the Republic.

The book tells the story of an innocent young English schoolgirl who becomes involved in romantic intrigue.

She eventually winds up in the vicinity of New York City; thus, the novel has an interesting theme of a foreigner coming to America. The book’s plot reminds me of a contemporary soap opera, but with a much more judgmental and religious tone. The characters are, on the whole, cardboard stereotypes. The book is full of female hysterics, male villainy, cruelty, dangerous passion, and heartbreak. Rowson fills her book with asides to the reader, and, ironically, I found this ongoing conversation to be more interesting than the melodramatic plot.


Many of the asides are preachy, such as this example: But as the book goes on, Rowson begins to anticipate objections from possible readers, and some of her asides are witty and quite entertaining. Ultimately, “Charlotte” is not a great piece of literature as a novel, but as a sort of metafictional exercise, it’s quite intriguing.

Charlotte Temple, by Susanna Rowson

It’s especially interesting when read in comparison with such self-referent 20th orwson novels as Ernest Hemingway’s “The Torrents of Spring” or Kurt Vonnegut’s “Breakfast of Champions. See all 15 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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