Tabitha Tenney

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TT , who lived in New England through the time of the American Revolution, published in 1799 (perhaps) and 1801, and lived for another thirty-six years apparently without further writerly activity, was the certain author of a fascinating novel about a woman led astray by her novel-reading, and the probable compiler of a pedagogic anthology.
Frontispiece of Boston edition, 1825, vol. 1, of "Female Quixotism; Or, the Romantic Opinions and Extravagant Adventures of  Dorcasina Sheldon" by Tabitha Tenney, first published in ?1799. The title appears, abbreviated, over a scene of four women registering horror at a male figure sitting under a tree.
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Milestones

7 April 1762
Tabitha Gilman (later TT ) was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, her parents' eldest child (though she had an uncertain number of elder half-siblings).
“FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service”. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Tenney, Tabitha. “Introduction”. Female Quixotism, edited by Jean Nienkamp and Andrea Collins, Oxford University Press, 1992, p. xiii - xxxi.
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April 1799
A pedagogic anthology appeared at Boston entitled The New Pleasing Instructor: or, Young Lady's Guide to Virtue and Happiness and ascribed to a Lady. It is probably by TT .
OCLC WorldCat.
Probably early 1801
TT 's single novel, Female Quixotism, Exhibited in the Romantic Opinions and Extravagant Adventures of Dorcasina Sheldon (dated at the end 8 July 1800), was published in Boston.
Tenney, Tabitha. “Introduction”. Female Quixotism, edited by Jean Nienkamp and Andrea Collins, Oxford University Press, 1992, p. xiii - xxxi.
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2 May 1837
TT died in Exeter, New Hampshire, after more than twenty years of widowhood.
Tenney, Tabitha. “Introduction”. Female Quixotism, edited by Jean Nienkamp and Andrea Collins, Oxford University Press, 1992, p. xiii - xxxi.
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Biography

Birth and Family

7 April 1762
Tabitha Gilman (later TT ) was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, her parents' eldest child (though she had an uncertain number of elder half-siblings).
“FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service”. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Tenney, Tabitha. “Introduction”. Female Quixotism, edited by Jean Nienkamp and Andrea Collins, Oxford University Press, 1992, p. xiii - xxxi.
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