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Abigail and John AdamsThe Americanization of Sensibility$
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G. J. Barker-Benfield

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226037431

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.001.0001

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A Reformed Rake?

A Reformed Rake?

(p.321) Chapter 12 A Reformed Rake?
Abigail and John Adams
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This chapter, which focuses on the correspondence of Nabby Adams, eldest daughter of John and Abigail Adams, with Royall Tyler Jr., explains that Tyler first entered Nabby's correspondence in 1781 as the kind of predator against whom a host of sentimental writers warned. It discusses the psychological suffering that John's paternal absence was causing his daughter and describes Abigail's reaction to John's assertion that Tyler's attraction to Nabby was merely superficial.

Keywords:   Nabby Adams, Royall Tyler Jr., psychological writers, correspondence, paternal absence, John Adams, Abigail Adams

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