William Hill Brown is generally believed to have written the first American novel, "The Power of Sympathy," published in Boston in 1791, which relates a tragic love story.


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 William Hill Brown is generally believed to have written the first American novel, "The Power of Sympathy," published in Boston in 1791, which relates a tragic love story.

William Hill Brown is generally believed to have written the first American novel, "The Power of Sympathy," published in Boston in 1791, which relates a tragic love story. Brown's characters used letters to describe themselves and the action in the story. This type of novel is called "epistolary," from the word "epistle," or letter. The writing style provides a series of letters or documents to chronicle the story.