The Coquette and the Boarding School (1797-8), Paperback Book

The Coquette and the Boarding School (1797-8) Paperback

Edited by Jennifer Desiderio, Angela Vietto


Hannah Webster Foster based The Coquette on the true story of Elizabeth Whitman, an unmarried woman who died in childbirth in New England.

Fictionalizing Whitman's experiences in her heroine, Eliza Wharton, Foster created a compelling narrative of seduction that was hugely successful with readers.

The Boarding School, a lesser-known work by Foster, is an experimental text, part epistolary novel and part conduct book.

Together, the novels explore the realities of women's lives in early America.




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