Susanna Haswell Rowson

Standard Name: Rowson, Susanna Haswell
Birth Name: Susanna Haswell
Married Name: Susanna Rowson
Indexed Name: Mrs Rowson
Pseudonym: The Author of Victoria
Pseudonym: The Author of The Inquisitor
SHR , 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.
Weil, Dorothy. In Defense of Women: Susanna Rowson (1762-1824). Pennsylvania State University Press, 1976.
Title-page of New York edition, 1814, of "Charlotte Temple, A Tale of Truth" by Susanna Haswell Rowson, first published in 1791. An oval portrait represents Charlotte, not Rowson. Up the left side runs a signature: "Mary L. Hyde.".
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Anthologization Judith Sargent Murray
This was included the next year (along with a poem by Susanna Haswell Rowson ) in Hymns and Odes, Composed on the Death of Gen. George Washington Adapted to the 22d. Day of February, and...
Literary responses Jane Marcet
Scholar Christopher Mulvey considers that this is the only eighteenth- or early-nineteenth-century grammar held by Chawton House Library that might well (unlike works by Ann Fisher or Susanna Haswell Rowson ) be enjoyed by a...
Publishing Judith Sargent Murray
The set was dedicated to John Adams , and subscribers included the dedicatee, many of the author's relations, Sarah Wentworth Morton and her husband , Susanna Haswell Rowson , and George and Martha Washington ....
Reception Lydia Maria Child
The North American Review found the depiction of a mixed marriage (white woman, non-white man)not only unnatural, but revolting . . . to every feeling of delicacy. A few months later, the powerful voice...
Textual Features Adelaide O'Keeffe
AOK 's unusual historical novel, which appeared several years before anything comparable by Sydney Morgan , Christian Isobel Johnstone , or Sir Walter Scott , seems to carry within itself the seeds of the national...
Textual Features Tabitha Tenney
Choice of women writers is fairly generous, with excerpts from Hester Mulso Chapone , John Aikin and Anna Letitia Barbauld (Evenings at Home), Susanna Haswell Rowson , Elizabeth Carter , Hester Thrale ,...
Textual Production Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
Marguerite Blessington issued The Memoirs of a Femme de Chambre. A Novel.
This bears no relation to Susanna Haswell Rowson 's Rebecca; or, The Fille de Chambre, 1792. It sounds, however, like a...
Textual Production Tabitha Tenney
The full title is The New Pleasing Instructor: or, Young Lady's Guide to Virtue and Happiness. Consisting of essays, relations, descriptions, epistles, dialogues, and poetry. Carefully extracted from the best Modern Authors. Designed principally for...


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