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The Coquette: or, The History of Eliza Wharton

The Coquette: or, The History of Eliza Wharton

By: Hannah Webster Foster

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The demise of a respectable but unloved fiancé introduces a sudden and intoxicating freedom into Eliza Wharton's life. Two new beaus vie for her attention: Reverend Boyer, a staid and proper clergyman, and Major Sanford, a dashing libertine. Reluctant to commit to either suitor, Eliza struggles with the conflicts between duty, romance, and her new-found independence.
Based on the true story of Eliza Whitman, the much-talked-about focus of America's first tabloid scandal, this 1797 novel both satirizes and pays homage to its sentimental precursors. The tale unfolds from a variety of perspectives, recounted in a series of letters between the heroine and her friends and family. Eliza's situation reflects the limited options available to middle-class women of her era, and her dilemma and its resolution offer fascinating historical, literary, and cultural insights into early American society.

Reprint of the Samuel Etheridge, Boston, 1797 edition.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486796191
ISBN 139780486796192
Author/EditorHannah Webster Foster
Page Count144
Dimensions5 x 8

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