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  1. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    I'm not exactly sure why people give this book such low ratings but I really liked it Way off my usual beaten path not only is it entertaining but coming from the perspective of a woman who lived in Colonial America it's downright eye opening In this edition 263 pages belong to Foster's actual works The Couette and The Boarding School These are followed by a section that puts The Couette into better perspective by examining the real life woman Elizabeth Whitman upon whom Foster's main character Eliza Wharton is based first through her actual letters then there is an account of the newspaper articles that covered this woman's death These are followed by a small excerpt from an earlier work called The Power of Sympathy by William Hill Brown which I'm planning to read next that includes a mention of Elizabeth Whitman and a poem by the late unfortunate Miss Whitman herself A third section explores Foster's Nineteeth Century Legacy and finally section four explores various scholarly works of commentary on and criticism of the two books contained in this volume Since there are actually two works in this one volume you can probably imagine that I spent a bit of time writing about them Here's the link to what I thought of this book Don't let the fact that it was written in 17971798 put you off both works are very readable While the subject matter may seem tame in terms of modern standards just go with it and get out of your time zone for a change recommended

  2. Katie Winkler Katie Winkler says:

    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 Couette 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 eually 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

  3. Diem Diem says:

    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 précis of the book? The world has been cruel to womenNB I only read The Couette If I had worlds enough and time I would read The Boarding School

  4. Amy Amy says:

    I always enjoy reading this again each year

  5. D.W. Anderson D.W. Anderson says:

    Hard to rate this one given the time period late 1700s in which it was written For that epoch this story embraces female to female relationships which is rare It wouldn't pass the Bechdel test but it'd get closer that most writing of that period The characters are somewhat caricatures and they serve the moralizing purpose of the epistles even though Foster somewhat aims to humanize ElizaElizabeth But overall this is an important novel historically I didn't enjoy it all the way through but the writing is poetic if melodramatic and the novel definitely has significance to the American novel and its development I'd only suggest this for someone specifically studying American literature and its history

  6. Zoe Zoe says:

    While the Couette 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 suitorsI recommend the Couette as 810 but the Boarding School however is entirely differentWhile dealing with the same material the Boarding School is a lot duller than the Couette 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 againWould recommend the Boarding School as 410

  7. Brittany Brittany says:

    Technically I've only read The Couette but I do plan on reading The Boarding School sometime down the line I liked The Couette 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

  8. Skella Skella says:

    I enjoyed the Couette even if at times it was hard to follow But it was an interesting read

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The Coquette and the Boarding School [KINDLE] ❃ The Coquette and the Boarding School By Hannah Webster Foster – 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 Couetry The Life and Death Sources and Contexts unearths a wealth of original and the PDF ↠ material about the environment the works were produced The Coquette PDF \ in and the real life people who inspired them The three sections On Couetry The Life and Coquette and the Kindle Ó 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 seuels to The Couette Seven illustrations including three of Eliza Wharton are included to enrich the reading experienceCriticism 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.