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The coquette, and the boarding school : authoritative texts, sources and contexts, criticism

Author: Hannah Webster Foster; Jennifer Harris; Bryan Waterman
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2013.
Series: Norton critical edition.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Hannah Webster Foster's two major Early American works with a wealth of primary materials are now available in a Norton Critical Edition. Published anonymously in 1797, Hannah Webster Foster's The Coquette grabbed American interest with its ripped-from-the-headlines story of sex and scandal. A steady best seller for decades, the seduction novel was passed down through generations; indeed, its heroine became better  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Fiction
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Elizabeth Whitman; Elizabeth Whitman
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hannah Webster Foster; Jennifer Harris; Bryan Waterman
ISBN: 9780393931679 0393931676
OCLC Number: 793099534
Description: xxv, 435 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Sources and Contexts. On Coquetry ; The Life and Death of Elizabeth Whitman ; The Nineteenth-Century Legacy. --
Criticism.
Series Title: Norton critical edition.
Responsibility: Hannah Webster Foster ; edited by Jennifer Harris, Bryan Waterman.

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