By Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Jane Elton, orphaned as a tender woman, is going to dwell along with her aunt Mrs. Wilson, a egocentric and overbearing girl who practices a repressive Calvinism. of their rural New England village, Jane grows up craving to damage loose from Mrs. Wilson's tyranny and locate her position as a citizen of the evolving American Republic. She is helped by way of her encounters with characters who include numerous shadings of ethical, spiritual, and civic advantage: the affectionate servant Mary Hull, a pious Methodist; Mr. Lloyd, a type Quaker; loopy wager, emotional, sympathetic, yet deeply volatile; and previous John, bereaved yet clever. eventually, A New-England Tale is ready the relationship among parenting and governing, and the most important position ladies play in shaping a fledgling state.
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In 1771. For the commencement exercises he recited “The Rising Glory of America,” a patriotic poem that he had written with a classmate, Philip Freneau, who also was to make his name in American letters. A. in theology at Princeton in 1774. An enthusiast for the Revolution, he joined George Washington’s army as chaplain. He published two verse dramas on Revolutionary themes, The Battle of Bunkers-Hill 53 7 American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s 7 (1776) and The Death of General Montgomery at the Siege of Quebec (1777), and Six Political Discourses Founded on the Scripture (1778).
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A New-England Tale (Penguin Classics) by Catharine Maria Sedgwick