Hope Leslie, Or, Early Times in the Massachusetts

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Penguin, 1998 - 399 pages
Set in seventeenth-century New England, Hope Leslie (1827) portrays early American life and celebrates the role of women in building the republic. A counterpoint to the novels of James Fenimore Cooper, it challenges the conventional view of Indians, tackles interracial marriage and cross-cultural friendship, and claims for women their rightful place in history. At the center of the novel are two friends. Hope Leslie, a spirited thinker in a repressive Puritan society, fights for justice for the Indians and asserts the independence of women. Magawisca, the passionate daughter of a Pequot chief, braves her father's wrath to save a white man and risks her freedom to reunite Hope with her long-lost sister, captured as a child by the Pequots and now married to Magawisca's brother. Amply plotted, with unforgettable characters, Hope Leslie is a rich, compelling, deeply satisfying novel.

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This tale of two sisters split by an Indian attack (one is captured, one escapes) starts off interestingly enough, but kind of peters out in the end, alternating between boredom and over-the-top ... Read full review

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Written in the early nineteenth century, Hope Leslie is a novel set in Puritanical New England by Catharine Maria Sedgwick. The conflict between the Puritans and the Pequod Native Americans is ... Read full review

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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.

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