While the Coquette was a lovely book that entered the mind of a young woman who was lead astray not just by a devious, manipulative, and dishonorable man with a bad reputation, Eliza Wharton who is based off the real life person of Elizabeth Whitman who died tragically at childbirth without friends or family by her side due to her not being married but pregnant at the same time reveals the turmoil that society has inflicted on her and other young women alike Because of the high standards that women were held up to, Eliza struggled to find a way to make her voice heard through letters Written in the epistolary form, Foster uncovers the confusion of romance in a series of letters from Eliza, her correspondence, friends, and the two suitors.I recommend the Coquette as 8 10, but the Boarding School, however, is entirely different.While dealing with the same material, the Boarding School is a lot duller than the Coquette The Boarding School attempts to teach young women about the proper decorum of manners that they should posses in order to be the perfect lady A good read but wouldn t read again.Would recommend the Boarding School as 4 10. Sources And Contexts Unearths A Wealth Of Original Material About The Environment The Works Were Produced In And The Real Life People Who Inspired Them The Three Sections, On Coquetry, The Life And Death Of Elizabeth Whitman, And The Nineteenth Century Legacy, Include New And Corrected Transcriptions Of Whitman S Letters To Ruth And Joel Barlow, An Inventory Of Items Found At Whitman S Room At Her Death, Popular Representations Of Elizabeth Whitman, And Unauthorized Sequels To The Coquette Seven Illustrations, Including Three Of Eliza Wharton, Are Included To Enrich The Reading Experience Criticism Brings Together Nine Diverse Contemporary Interpretations Contributors Include Carroll Smith Rosenberg, Claire C Pettengill, Julia A Stern, Gillian Brown, Jeffrey H Richards, And Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Among OthersChronologies Of The Lives Of Hannah Webster Foster And Elizabeth Whitman Are Included Along With A Selected Bibliography I always enjoy reading this again each year. I enjoyed the Coquette even if at times it was hard to follow But it was an interesting read. Technically, I ve only read The Coquette, but I do plan on reading The Boarding School sometime down the line I liked The Coquette, but it wasn t the greatest thing I ve ever read I would reread it sometime down the line I give it 3 out of 5 stars. I m teaching American Literature I online for the first time in the fall I am adapting my Traveling the Novel project for this class and chose The Coquette for the sample project I like to provide my students This short epistolary novel was the perfect choice because Foster is the first American novelist, and she published her book in 1789 It s interesting to note that in 1790, Jane Austen, at 14, also wrote an epistolary novel, entitled Love and Freindship sic The epistolary form was popular for these early novels, so there is probably no connection, but it is interesting to note that Austen s work lampoons overt sensibility and Foster s is of a caveat against it Although many similarities can be drawn between Austen and Foster, especially the social life of the lower upper class or emerging middle class, Austen s work is distinctly British while Foster s is equally as distinctly American It is interesting to get a woman s perspective on life in early post revolutionary America The role of the tabloid press, already present in 18th Century America, is also an interesting aspect of this novel s background and is discussed in some of the essays in this Norton critical edition, which also includes some of the actually letters of Elizabeth Whitman, the real life woman on whom Foster based her tragic heroine The literary tour I am planning around this novel and its author is shaping up to be an interesting trip that I may just have to take for real This was fantastic I didn t want to put it down I love the epistolary novel format because saying that makes me sound erudite and sophisticated Also because reading other people s letters provides an interesting insight into their character while leaving much still in shadows A pr cis of the book The world has been cruel to women.N.B I only read The Coquette If I had worlds enough and time I would read The Boarding School.
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