A Reformed Rake?

in Abigail and John Adams

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780226037431
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226037448 | DOI:
A Reformed Rake?

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This chapter, which focuses on the correspondence of Nabby Adams, eldest daughter of John and Abigail Adams, with Royall Tyler Jr., explains that Tyler first entered Nabby's correspondence in 1781 as the kind of predator against whom a host of sentimental writers warned. It discusses the psychological suffering that John's paternal absence was causing his daughter and describes Abigail's reaction to John's assertion that Tyler's attraction to Nabby was merely superficial.

Keywords: Nabby Adams; Royall Tyler Jr.; psychological writers; correspondence; paternal absence; John Adams; Abigail Adams

Chapter.  17718 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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