The Coquette and The Boarding School

Broadview Press
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Hannah Webster Foster based The Coquette on the true story of Elizabeth Whitman, an unmarried woman who died in childbirth in New England. Fictionalizing Whitman’s experiences in her heroine, Eliza Wharton, Foster created a compelling narrative of seduction that was hugely successful with readers. The Boarding School, a less widely known work by Foster, is an experimental text, part epistolary novel and part conduct book. Together, the novels explore the realities of women’s lives in early America.

The critical introduction and appendices to this edition, which explore female friendship and the education of women in the novels, frame Foster as more than a purveyor of the sentimental novel, and re-evaluate her placement in American literary history.

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About the author

Jennifer Desiderio is Associate Professor of English at Canisius College, Buffalo, New York.

Angela Vietto is Associate Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.

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Broadview Press
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Published on
Jul 14, 2011
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Pages
356
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ISBN
9781770481077
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Language
English
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Fiction / Literary
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