Susanna Rowson

Rowson, Susanna Haswell

Susanna Haswell Rowson (rou´sən), 1762–1824, American author and actress, b. England. She was brought to America as a young child, but after the Revolution, the family returned to England. Her first novel, Victoria, appeared in 1786, the same year she married William Rowson. Having acted for a short time in England, the Rowsons emigrated to the United States in 1793, joining a theatrical company in Philadelphia. Retiring from the stage in 1796, Mrs. Rowson opened a school for girls in Boston, one of the best of its day, which she directed for 25 years. She wrote novels, poetry, and plays, but is remembered for one novel, Charlotte: a Tale of Truth (1791), called in later editions Charlotte Temple, a sentimental and didactic story, which went through more than 150 editions.

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FREE! Charlotte Temple: A Tale of Truth
Mrs. Rowson.
Hurst, 1889
The (Other) American Traditions: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers
Joyce W. Warren.
Rutgers University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Susanna Rowson, Father of the American Novel" begins on p. 29
Narrative Intrusion in Charlotte Temple: A Closet Feminist's Strategy in an American Novel
Barton, Paul.
Women and Language, Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring 2000
Atlantic Republic: The American Tradition in English Literature
Paul Giles.
Oxford University Press, 2006
Librarian’s tip: "Enlightenment Liberty: Richard Price and Susanna Rowson" begins on p. 21
The Plight of Feeling: Sympathy and Dissent in the Early American Novel
Julia A. Stern.
University of Chicago Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Two "Working through the Frame: The Dream of Transparency in Charlotte Temple"
That Pale Mother Rising: Sentimental Discourses and the Imitation of Motherhood in 19th-Century America
Eva Cherniavsky.
Indiana University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Charlotte Temple's Remains"
Sisterhood Born from Seduction: Susanna Rowson's Charlotte Temple, and Stephen Crane's Maggie Johnson
Fudge, Keith.
Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA), Vol. 19, No. 1, Spring 1996
A Medical Examination of Charlotte Temple: Critiquing the Female Healing Community in Susanna Rowson's America
Tuthill, Maureen.
Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Vol. 28, No. 1, January 2011
American Women Writers to 1800
Sharon M. Harris.
Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Susanna Haswell Rowson (1761-1824)" begins on p. 393
Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature
Kathy J. Whitson.
Greenwood Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Rowson, Susanna" begins on p. 208
Female Captivity and the Deployment of Race in Three Early American Texts
Woodard, Maureen L.
Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 32, No. 2, Spring 1996
Alienated, Betrayed, and Powerless: A Possible Connection between Charlotte Temple and the Legend of Inkle and Yarico
Epley, Steven.
Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 38, No. 2, Spring 2002
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