PAL: Perspectives in American Literature - A Research and Reference Guide - An Ongoing Project

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Chapter 2: William Hill Brown (1765 1793)

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December 23, 2010


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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