Charlotte Temple

Susanna Rowson

Title page of 1814 edition Vault stone in the Trinity Church graveyard, but no one knows if anyone is actually interred in the vault. Charlotte Temple is a novel by British-American author Susanna Rowson, originally published in England in 1791 under the title Charlotte, A Tale of Truth. It tells the story of a schoolgirl, Charlotte Temple, who is seduced by a British officer and brought to America, where she is abandoned, pregnant, sick and in poverty. The first American edition was published in 1794 and the novel became a bestseller. It has gone through over 200 American editions. Late in life, the author would write a sequel that would be published posthumously.