William Hill Brown Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Walser, Richard. “The North Carolina Sojourn of the First American Novelist.” North Carolina Historical Review XXVIII, no. 1 (January 1951): 138-55.

Recounts the years Brown spent in North Carolina, where he wrote several poems and essays and perhaps some of his dramas.


Dalke, Anne. “Original Vice: The Political Implications of Incest in the Early American Novel.” Early American Literature 23, no. 2 (1988): 188-201.

Describes half a dozen American novels dealing with incest written before 1830, including Brown's The Power of Sympathy and Isabella and Ira, arguing that these works highlight the authors' fears about social instability and familial disintegration in the new American republic.

Evans, Gareth. “Rakes, Coquettes and Republican Patriarchs: Class, Gender and Nation in Early American Sentimental Fiction.” Canadian Review of American Studies no. 3 (1995): 41-62.

Comparative analysis of Brown's The Power of Sympathy, Hannah Webster Foster's The Coquette, and Susanna Rowson's Charlotte, claiming that all three are novels aimed at creating an American middle-class identity.

Martin, Terence. “William Hill Brown's Ira and Isabella.New England Quarterly XXXII, no. 1 (March 1959): 238-42.

Discusses Brown's Ira and Isabella, proposing that the work deserves critical attention despite some stylistic limitations.

Tanselle, G. Thomas. “Two Editions of Eighteenth-Century Fiction.” Early American Literature 6, no. 3 (winter 1971): 274-83.

Compares the editorial work in Williams Kable's 1969 publication of Brown's The Power of Sympathy and Daniel Marder's 1970 edition of A Hugh Henry Brackenridge Reader.

Additional coverage of William Hill Brown’s life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 37.