The Coquette

The Coquette

Or, The History of Eliza Wharton

eBook - 2015
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The demise of a respectable but unloved fiancé introduces a sudden and intoxicating freedom into Eliza Wharton's life. Two new beaus vie for her attention: Reverend Boyer, a staid and proper clergyman, and Major Sanford, a dashing libertine. Reluctant to commit to either suitor, Eliza struggles with the conflicts between duty, romance, and her new-found independence. Based on the true story of Eliza Whitman, the much-talked-about focus of America's first tabloid scandal, this 1797 novel both satirizes and pays homage to its sentimental precursors. The tale unfolds from a variety of perspectives, recounted in a series of letters between the heroine and her friends and family. Eliza's situation reflects the limited options available to middle-class women of her era, and her dilemma and its resolution offer fascinating historical, literary, and cultural insights into early American society. --Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, 2015.
ISBN: 9780486806358
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (144 pages)
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Alternative Title: History of Eliza Wharton

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