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Susanna Haswell Rowson, who was active during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, has some claim to be regarded as both an English and an American writer, though her American allegiance came to predominate with time. Many of her works are now very rare, especially the English editions. She was professional in her outlook and conscious of writing as a woman, given to self-referential prefaces and taking every opportunity to discuss and praise her fellow, British, women writers. As well as eight novels, her output included fictional sketches, seven theatrical works, poems, social commentary, textbooks, and conduct literature. Biographer Dorothy Weil comments that she writes both for and about women, addressing "themes important to the situation, education, and rights of women." Bibliographic Citation link.
By 15 February 1762 Susanna Haswell (later Rowson) was born at Portsmouth in Hampshire, an only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1791 SHR published with the Minerva Press the runaway best-seller Charlotte, A Tale of Truth, which is better known by its later title of Charlotte Temple; this time she published without her name. Bibliographic Citation link.
1822 SHR's final publication, at Boston two years before her death, was Biblical Dialogues between a Father and his Family in two volumes, a book of family instruction in the Bible. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
2 March 1824 SHR died in Boston, Massachusetts. Bibliographic Citation link.
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