"Charlotte Temple" was an instant best-seller when it was first published in America. This edition is based on the first American edition of 1794. It is accompanied by an introduction, explanatory annotations and a note on the text. A rich 'Contexts' section is thematically organised into four parts and includes works from Rowson's time to our own. 'Criticism' collects fourteen assessments of the novel spanning four centuries and addressing its central issues. A chronology and bibliography are included.