Susanna Rowson

Susanna Rowson ( born Haswell, * 1762 in Portsmouth, † March 2, 1824 in Boston ) was an American writer and actress.


Rowson, whose mother had died when she was born, in 1766 came to her father, Lieutenant William Haswell, to Massachusetts, where he lived with his second wife. During the Revolutionary War, the family was sent back to London in 1778. Here Rowson worked as a private tutor and began poems, stories and novels to write. Funded by the Duchess of Devonshire Victoria, a sentimental novel in the style of Samuel Richardson.

In 1786 she married William Rowson, who worked as Ironmonger. After geschäftlichem failure, the couple went to the theater and joined the troupe of Thomas Wignell. This Rowson came again in 1793 to America, where her reputation as a writer was already penetrated. The first American edition of her novel Charlotte Temple 1794 was sold out immediately and was reprinted twice in the same year. He had about two hundred editions and was read by about half a million people. Great popularity enjoyed even her song America, Commerce and Freedom.

She gave up acting and founded in 1797 by Mrs. Rowson 's Young Ladies ' Academy in Boston, where she also worked as a playwright and columnist for the Boston Weekly Magazine. A continuation of their success Romanes appeared posthumously in 1828 under the title Charlotte 's Daughter: or, The Three Orphans (also: Lucy Temple ).


  • Victoria: A Novel, 1786
  • Charlotte, a Tale of Truth, 1791
  • Mentoria, or the Young Ladies' Friend, 1791
  • Rebecca, or, The Fille de Chambre, 1792
  • Charlotte Temple, 1794
  • Trials of the Human Heart, 1795
  • Reuben and Rachel, or Tales of Old Times, 1798
  • Sarah, 1813
  • Charlotte 's Daughter: or, The Three Orphans, posth 1828


  • Cengage Learning: Susanna Haswell Rowson
  • Encyclopedia Britannica - Susann Rowson
  • Author
  • Novel, epic
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Theater actors
  • Born in 1762
  • Died in 1824
  • Woman