Rowson, Susanna

Rowson, Susanna (b. Haswell)

(c. 1762–1824) writer, actress, educator; born in Portsmouth, England. Her mother died when she was born, and Susanna joined her remarried father, a naval lieutenant stationed in Massachusetts. She returned to England (1778), married (1787), and began writing sentimental novels and verse. Her novel, Charlotte, A Tale of Truth (1791; published in America in 1794 as Charlotte Temple), became the first best-seller in the United States. When her husband's fortunes failed, she turned to acting and produced plays—many of her own—in America (1793–96). In 1797 she founded a girls' boarding school near Boston, Mass., which she conducted until 1822 while writing novels, poetry, and didactic work for children and editing and contributing to various periodicals.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Rowson, Susanna. The Inquisitor, or the Invisible Rambler.
Rowson, Susanna. A Present for Young Ladies, Containing Poems, Dialogues, Addresses, as Recited by the Pupils of Mrs.