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Paperback, Published in Sep 2009 by Syracuse University Press

ISBN10: 0815632088 | ISBN13: 9780815632085

Page count: 144

In 1807, a small rural New York press published the first edition of P. D. Manvill's "Lucinda"; or, "The Mountain Mourner". Over the next five decades no fewer than ten printings of the novel appeared in three different states. In the book, the eponymous heroine is one of seven children left to the ailing and poverty-stricken widower Adrian Manvill. Although it is a memoir, "Lucinda" reads like a sentimental epistolary novel, where the heroine is seduced, abandoned, and then dies in isolation shortly after her illegitimate child is born. Mischelle B. Anthony's critical edition rescues this once-popular cautionary tale from obscurity and positions it among such classic early American narratives as "Charlotte Temple" and "The Coquette". In addition to providing insight into the Republican and nineteenth-century reading culture, "Lucinda", as a historical document, provides a glimpse into one family and one community dealing with radical social and economic issues in early America. In her introduction, Anthony sheds light on the text's multiple functions among its nineteenth-century readership and draws attention to its unique status as a narrative written by a participant in the events.

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