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EAF Author: Susanna Haswell Rowson (1762-1824)

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Susanna Haswell Rowson, novelist, journalist and actress, married William Rowson in 1786. The Rowson family performed in minor roles on Philadelphia and Baltimore stages. Susanna retired from theater in 1797 to run a school for girls near Boston. Her works include Victoria; Mary, or the Test of Honour; The Fille de Chambre; The Inquisitor; The Trials of the Heart; Reuben and Rachel; Lucy Temple, a sequel to Charlotte Temple; Miscellaneous Poems; The Volunteers; The French Patriot; and the opera The Slaves in Algiers.

Works in the EAF Collection

Charlotte: A Tale of Truth (1794) [Volume 1] [Volume 2] (Restricted)

Charlotte's Daughter; or, The Three Orphans. A Sequel to Charlotte Temple (1828) (Restricted)

The Fille de Chambre (1794) (Restricted)

The Inquisitor; or, Invisible Rambler (1793) [Volume 1] [Volume 2] [Volume 3] (Restricted)

Mentoria; or, The Young Lady's Friend (1794) [Volume 1] [Volume 2] (Restricted)

Reuben and Rachel; or, Tales of Old Times (1798) [Volume 1] [Volume 2] (Restricted)

Sarah; or, The Exemplary Wife (1813) (Restricted)

Trials of the Human Heart (1795) [Volume 1] [Volume 2] [Volume 3] [Volume 4] (Restricted)

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)

From Evert A. Duyckinck, Cyclopaedia of American Literature (1856)

Other Resources

Rowson's works in the Modern English Collection from the Electronic Text Center

Guides to Susanna Haswell Rowson manuscript holdings from UVA Special Collections :
Rowson, Susanna Haswell, Papers of: #7379

Rowson, Susanna Haswell, Papers of: #7379-a

Rowson, Susanna Haswell, Papers of: #7379-b

Rowson, Susanna Haswell, Papers of: #7379-c