The Coquette, or The History of Eliza Wharton

The Coquette, or The History of Eliza Wharton

The Coquette, or The History of Eliza Wharton

The Coquette, or The History of Eliza Wharton

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The Coquette survives today as the most memorable of all the sentimental, "handkerchiefly" novels written somewhat apologetically by American women in the eighteenth century. It is surpassed in narrative power by only one other early American novel, Hugh Henry Brackenridge's picaresque Modern Chivalry. Without either the wide popularity and lurid sensationalism of Susanna Rowson Charlotte Temple, or the feverish sensibility and heavy didacticism of William Hill Brown The Power of Sympathy, Mrs. Foster's moving story of Eliza Wharton has lost little of its appeal to the heart.

The publication of the novel was announced in an advertisement printed in the Columbian Centinel of Boston for Saturday, August 5, 1797:

Just published,
(In 1 vol. neatly bound and lettered,
price One Dollar)

Sold by E. LARKIN, No. 47, Cornhill,
The COQUETTE; or, The History of
ELIZA WHARTON . . .

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