By Catharine Maria Sedgwick
The Early American girls Writers sequence deals infrequent works of fiction by means of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ladies, each one reprinted in its entirety, each one with a foreword through basic Editor Cathy N. Davidson, who areas the radical in a ancient and literary standpoint. Written in 1822, A New-England story is the 1st of the numerous novels, stories, and brief journal items Catharine Sedgwick released in the course of her lifetime. the tale of an orphan woman in rural New England and the ethical trials she faces as she grows up, this early instance of the preferred nineteenth-century women's novel presents a different examine the spiritual and social weather at this important interval in America's nationwide improvement. Addressing a number of the advanced non secular, political, and philosophical problems with the time, in addition to issues of the lady author, A New-England story is a vintage tale of a tender woman's ethical and fabric triumphs.
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Harris, Susan. 19th-century American Women's Novels: Interpretive Strategies. New York: Cambridge UP, 1990. Nelson, Dana. " The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in Nineteenth-Century America. Ed. Shirley Samuels. New York: Oxford UP, 1992. 191-202. Singley, Carol J. " The (Other) American Traditions: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers. Joyce Warren, ed. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers, 1993. 39-53. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Ann Romines introduced me to Sedgwick and her contemporaries, and Chris Sten encouraged my initial exploration of A New-England Tale.
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It is common for persons in her unfortunate circumstances to seek every scene of excitement. The sober, sedate manners of the New-England people, and the unvaried tenor of their lives, afford but few of these. Wherever there was an awakening, or a camp-meeting; crazy Bet was sure to be found; she was often seen by moonlight wandering in the church-yard, plucking the nettles from the graves, and wreathing the A NEW-ENGLAND TALE 17 monuments with ground-pine. She would watch for whole nights by the side of a grave in her native village, where twenty years before were deposited the remains of her lover, who was drowned on the day before they were to have been married.