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Hope Leslie: Or, Early Times in the Massachusetts (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

Set in seventeenth-century New England, Hope Leslie (1827) is a rich, fast-paced frontier romance, complete with bloody massacres, daring prison escapes, and alliances that violate the strictures of both white and Indian societies. A counterpoint to the novels of James Fenimore Cooper, it is also a revolutionary portrait of early American life, one that challenges the conventional view of Indians, tackles interracial marriage and cross-cultural friendship, and, most strikingly, claims for women their rightful place in our nation's history.

At the center of the novel are two friends whose actions and attitudes illustrate female strengths and values. Hope Leslie, a spirited thinker in a repressive Puritan society, fights for justice for the Indians and asserts the equality of the sexes by defying the patriarchs and choosing her own husband. Magawisca, the daughter of a Pequot chief, braves her father's wrath to save a white man and risks her freedom to reunite Hope with her sister, who as a child was captured by the Pequots and has chosen to remain with them.

The American ideal of giving everyone a voice is reflected in the very form of the novel. Letters throughout the book reveal the opinions of various characters, and the nonliterate Magawisca articulates her point of view in an impassioned speech before a Puritan tribunal. Their voices address still unresolved questions about the place of women, of Native Americans, and of dissenters of all kinds, in an American utopia.

Synopsis:

Set in seventeenth-century New England in the aftermath of the Pequod War,Hope Leslie not only chronicles the role of women in building the republic but also refocuses the emergent national literature on the lives, domestic mores, and values of American women.

About the Author

Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867) was one of the first American women authors to gain prominence. She was born in Massachusetts, where she set several of her works. She published six novels and later wrote on domestic and social issues.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140436761
Other:
Sedgwick, Catharine Maria
Author:
Karcher, Carolyn L.
Author:
Karcher, Carolyn
Author:
Sedgwick, Catharine Maria
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Women -- Massachusetts -- Fiction.
Subject:
Massachusetts History.
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Massachusetts.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
19981131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.81x5.10x.87 in. .66 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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History and Social Science » US History » Colonial America

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Set in seventeenth-century New England in the aftermath of the Pequod War,Hope Leslie not only chronicles the role of women in building the republic but also refocuses the emergent national literature on the lives, domestic mores, and values of American women.
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