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Hannah Webster Foster published a landmark sentimental novel and a fictional-didactic text at Boston, Massachusetts, in the final decade of the eighteenth century. She also wrote for periodicals.
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10 September 1758 Hannah Webster (later HWF) was born in Salisbury, Massachusetts. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 July 1788 After HWF, three years married, had borne a child, the Salem Mercury related the death at a tavern of the well-born, unmarried Elizabeth Whitman, after bearing a child: this is probably the germ of The Coquette. Bibliographic Citation link.
By September 1797 The year after her youngest child was born, HWF, as 'a Lady of Massachusetts', published the highly sentimental The Coquette, her most successful novel, at Boston, Massachusetts. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
17 April 1840 HWF died in Montreal, in her early eighties. Bibliographic Citation link.
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