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Coquette by Hannah Webster Foster
Book Description"The Coquette," one of the two "best-selling" American novels of the 18th century, tells the much-publicized story of the seduction and death of Elizabeth Whitman, a poet from Hartford, Conneticut. Written as a series of letters - between the heroine and her friends and lovers - it describes her long, tortuous courtship by two men, neither of whom perfectly suits her. Eliza Wharton (as Whitman is called in the novel) wavers between Major Sanford, a charming but insincere man, and the Reverend Boyer, a bore who wants to marry her. When, in her mid-30s, Wharton finds herself suddenly abandoned when both men marry other women, she willfully enters into a relationship with Sanford and becomes pregnant. Alone and dejected, she dies in childbirth at a roadside inn.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195042399
(190mm x 130mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 19-Feb-1987
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Hannah Webster Foster
Coquette: Or, the History of Eliza Wharton, Paperback (October 2015)
Based on the true and tragic story of Eliza Whitman, subject of America's first tabloid scandal, this 1797 sentimental novel recounts a young woman's choice between duty, romance, and freedom.
Coquette and the Boarding School, Paperback (February 2013)
Hannah Webster Foster's two major Early American works with a wealth of primary materials are now available in a Norton Critical Edition.
'The Coquette' and 'The Boarding School', Paperback (August 2011)View all books by Hannah Webster Foster
The Coquette, one of the first American best-sellers, is paired in this edition with an important but previously unavailable short novel by Foster.
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Author Biography - Hannah Webster Foster
Cathy N. Davidson, Professor of English at Michigan State University, is author most recently of Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America.
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