The Father and Daughter with Dangers of Coquetry
Broadview Press, 2003 M01 2 - 377 páginas
The Father and Daughter was one of the most widely read novels of the early nineteenth century, captivating readers with its pathos and melodrama. It tells the story of Agnes Fitzhenry, whose seduction by the libertine Clifford causes her father to descend into madness. Rooted in the social conditions of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain, the novel is both an affecting narrative and a compelling social commentary.
Opie’s first novel, Dangers of Coquetry (1790), also addresses issues of female sexuality and the social construction of gender. It is the story of a young woman who, while possessing many virtues, is given to coquetry. She attracts the attention of a sternly moral gentleman who dislikes coquettes, and mutual love ensues.
This Broadview edition includes a careful selection of contextual documents, such as Opie’s letters, dramatic adaptations, and texts on coquetry, chastity, and the treatment of insanity.
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A Brief Chronology
The Father and Daughter
Dangers of Coquetry
Extracts from Amelia Opies Letters
Reviews of Dangers of Coquetry and The Father
Contemporary Responses to The Father
Reviews of LAgnese
A Hindustani Girls Song
S From Ladys Monthly Museum June 1799
Proposals for the establishment of a Lunatic Asylum
From John Monro M D Remarks on Dr Batties Treatise
Substantive Variants in The Father and Daughter
The Lear of Private Life