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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Susanna Rowson: Selected full-text books and articles

The (Other) American Traditions: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers By 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 By Barton, Paul Women and Language, Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring 2000
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Atlantic Republic: The American Tradition in English Literature By 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 By 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 By 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 By Fudge, Keith Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA), Vol. 19, No. 1, Spring 1996
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A Medical Examination of Charlotte Temple: Critiquing the Female Healing Community in Susanna Rowson's America By Tuthill, Maureen Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Vol. 28, No. 1, January 2011
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American Women Writers to 1800 By Sharon M. Harris Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Susanna Haswell Rowson (1761-1824)" begins on p. 393
Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature By 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 By Woodard, Maureen L Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 32, No. 2, Spring 1996
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Alienated, Betrayed, and Powerless: A Possible Connection between Charlotte Temple and the Legend of Inkle and Yarico By Epley, Steven Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 38, No. 2, Spring 2002
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