Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
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
, 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.
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