Mary Scudder lives with her widowed mother in a modest middle-class home. Dr. Hopkins, a Calvinist minister who boards with them, is dedicated to helping the slaves and the abolition of slavery. Mary loves James Marvyn who joins the crew of a ship setting sail for exotic destinations. When James is lost at sea, Mary consents to marry the good Doctor. With important insights on slavery, history, and gender, as well as characters based on historical figures, The Minister's Wooing is, as Susan Harris notes in her Introduction, "an historical novel, like Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter or Catharine Sedgwick's Hope Leslie or A New England Tale; it is an attempt through fiction to create a moral, intellectual, and affective history for New England."
Penguin: 1999. ISBN: 9780140437027. 384 pp.Paperback. Good+.
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