Charlotte Temple has ratings and reviews. karen said: this book is baaaaaad. it is melodramatic and sentimental and full of woe is me and what. With an Introduction by Jane Smiley First published in America in , Charlotte Temple took the country by storm—in fact, it was this nation’s. Rowson’s tale of a young girl who elopes to the United States only to be abandoned by her fiancé was once the bestselling novel in American.

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All I wanted to know was what was going to be Charlotte ‘s fortune. A cute British soldier comes along and convinces her to elope with him to America.

Once you get past the old writing style and accept that the author will direct certain passages directly to her reader, it has a pretty good story line.

Charlotte Temple, by Susanna Rowson

From the amount of writing she did, she must have been an exceedingly busy woman. The “Norton Anthology” from which I read this piece had an introduction in which they explained that Ms. And I never thought I would say that! What’s not to love? Feel the highs and lows of the only character that is in any way more than one dimensional Montraville and prepare to tut tut at silly girls and their vices. Sometimes it was so hilarious. With its classic theme of seduction and remorse, it sparked a great deal of controversy in its time.

The night before she is to be allowed to go home to her family — her father is the younger son of an earl — for the celebration of her birthday, she is persuaded to go with the officer with whom she has fallen in love.

However, the French teacher, Mademoiselle La Rue, is not a good girl and really shouldn’t be friends with Charlotte. And then there was all the writing.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Yes, there’s a lot of crying and blushing, and it does get tiresome–but that’s kind of the point!

America’s first bestseller, according to my prof. In a way, she broke society’s rules in a very sneaky way, which is another reason why I like this book. This is the 18th century ve I scanned some of the other reviews Charlotte is blamed for giving into passion and love and lust perhaps as well, whilst her father Mr Temple is complemented on acting on love and therefore going against his parents double standards??


It’s a really hilarious, melodramatic book with an absurd and sensational story about a young woman who falls into vice basically, in the words of Coach from Mean Girls, “Don’t have sex. Both novels were very popular in their own time and then later dropped out of fashion, until they both were revived at the end of the twentieth century by feminist critics promoting women’s fiction and by American literature scholars who wished to historicize the republic’s early fiction beyond Charles Brockden Brown.

The Temples, being noble-hearted people, give her food and wine, and Mrs. Also, these aren’t novels, but works, and works exist in a transcendental sphere of language, and literary criticism is a juvenile attempt to force human sensibilities onto the god-like state of the word. I think this work is better served in college w “Charlotte Temple” was not what I was expecting.

And though he makes arrangements for her care and protection, the man through whom these arrangements are made proves false. I wish I had read this book before meeting my Ex Wife. The ladies are forever fainting at the hint of bad news, or are thrown into hysterias. I loved the simpleness of her characters Even though the story is the meaning of drama, it was a good reading.

Dear Montraville, act more like a man of sense; this whining, pining Charlotte, who occasions you so much uneasiness, would have eloped with somebody else if she had not with you.

Or, should it please to suffer you to be tried, pray for fortitude to resist the impulse of inclination when it runs counter to the precepts of religion and virtue. Once in the book, it is mentioned that females are supposed to be meek, good natured and should they be deceived and acted upon cruelly, good and honour bound women break while those of loose morals seek revenge.

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A tale of truth, as she calls it.

Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson

Why oh why didn’t you listen to your parents? Charlotte Temple is full of heavy moralizing, especially when concerns with seduction. The introduction by Cathy Davidson is most enlightening, recounting this novel’s history and popularity.

Do not lade the beginning with flashbacks — her grandparents, her parents, her French teacher, argh! Did I have a particular emotional investment in Charlotte’s outcome?

And it’s really fun to read.

But yeah, Charlotte was just naive and stupid. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. There’s no way to tell if I would have been bothered by the moralizing, condescending tone had I read the book in the s.

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Don’t have a Kindle? The author breaks the fourth wall several times to caution the readers against the dangers of immoral behavior. I read a work like this, and instead of seeing it as a period piece all I can see is how it should have been written, better. Feb 01, Katie rated it really liked it. The novel opens upon an unexpected encounter between the British Lieutenant Montraville and Charlotte Temple, a tall, elegant girl of Start reading Charlotte Temple on your Kindle in under a minute.

The main problem with this book is that it’s very problematic for a modern reader. Refresh and try again.

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Charlotte had, when she went out to meet Montraville, flattered herself that her resolution was not to be shaken, and that, conscious of the impropriety of her conduct in having a clandestine intercourse with a stranger, she would never repeat the indiscretion.

Charlotte Temple 1 4 Jun 14, But, I did get a little weary of the author talking to her reader about things other than Charlotte’s story. That charlottte be interesting when the idea is to create distance between the story and the speaker. Lists with This Book. A tragedy from start to finish.