Susanna Rowson

(1762—1824) novelist and actress

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English-born author, accompanied her father, a naval lieutenant, to his station in Massachusetts. The family returned to England in 1777, where she published several novels, including Charlotte Temple (1791), a sentimental didactic romance, which was extremely popular in the U.S., where it is mainly set. She came to the U.S. (1793), where she appeared on the stage, and wrote a topical comic opera, Slaves in Algiers (1794); The Volunteers (1795), a musical farce; The Female Patriot (1795), adapted from Massinger's The Bondsman; Americans in England (1796), a social comedy revised as The Columbian Daughter (1800); Reuben and Rachel; or, Tales of Old Times (1798), a historical novel tracing the lives of some descendants of Columbus; Miscellaneous Poems (1804); Sarah; or, The Exemplary Wife (1813), a semi-autobiographical novel; and the posthumously published Charlotte's Daughter; or. The Three Orphans (1828), a sequel to Charlotte Temple, usually known as Lucy Temple.

Subjects: Literature.

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