A New-England Tale

A New-England Tale : Or, Sketches of New-England Character and Manners

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Written in 1822, A New-England Tale is the first of Catharine Sedgwick's twenty novels published in her lifetime. It concerns the moral and religious development of a young orphan girl in rural New England, and provides an intriguing sketch of the social, political, and religious climate of early America, and of the methods of representation by early women writers. The editors' introduction locates the novel in its historical and political context, and provides a biographical sketch of Sedgwick.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 134.6 x 210.8 x 15.2mm | 294.84g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195093275
  • 9780195093278
  • 2,060,889

About Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Cathy N. Davidson is Professor of English at Duke University and editor of American Literature. She is co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States and author of Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America.Victoria Clements is a professor of English at the College of Southern Maryland and co-editor of Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives.show more

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The Early American Women Writers series offers rare works of fiction by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women, each reprinted in its entirety, each with a foreword by General Editor Cathy N. Davidson, who places the novel in a historical and literary perspective. Written in 1822, A New-England Tale is the first of the many novels, tales, and short magazine pieces Catharine Sedgwick published during her lifetime. The story of an orphan girl in rural New England and the moral trials she faces as she grows up, this early example of the popular nineteenth-century women's novel provides a unique look at the religious and social climate at this crucial period in America's national development. Addressing many of the complex religious, political, and philosophical issues of the time, as well as concerns of the woman writer, A New-England Tale is a classic story of a young woman's moral and material triumphs.show more

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