Chapter 2: Early American Literature 1700-1800

William Hill Brown
(1765 1793)

Paul P. Reuben
  October 15, 2016

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 William Hill Brown's The Power of Sympathy is considered to be the first American novel.

Primary Works

The power of sympathy, (1789). Edited by William S. Kable. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 1970. PS715.B6 P6

Selected poems and verse fables, 1784-1793 by William Hill Brown; edited by Richard Walser. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1982. PS715 .B6 A6

Selected Bibliography

Arner, Robert D. "William Hill Brown." in Elliott, Emory. ed. American Writers of the Early Republic. Detroit: Gale, 1985.

Barnes, Elizabeth. "Natural and National Unions: Incest and Sympathy in the Early Republic." in Barnes, Elizabeth. ed. Incest and the Literary Imagination. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2002.

Dillon, Elizabeth M. "The Original American Novel, or, the American Origin of the Novel." in Backscheider, Paula R. and Ingrassia, Catherine. eds. A Companion to the Eighteenth-Century English Novel and Culture. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.

Fluck, Winfried. "Reading Early American Fiction." in Castillo, Susan and Schweitzer, Ivy. eds. A Companion to the Literatures of Colonial America. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.

Kable, William S. The Power of Sympathy. Columbus: Ohio State U.P., 1969.

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