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Coquette
By Hannah Webster Foster

The Coquette

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Coquette by Hannah Webster Foster

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"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 Details

ISBN: 9780195042399
ISBN-10: 0195042395
Format: Paperback
(190mm x 130mm x 13mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 19-Feb-1987
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Hannah Webster Foster

Coquette: Or, the History of Eliza Wharton by 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 by Hannah Webster Foster 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' by Hannah Webster Foster 'The Coquette' and 'The Boarding School', Paperback (August 2011)

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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