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Source text (please read only from this text!): https://archive.org/details/cu31924021986306The Power of Sympathy was the first American novel, published in Boston in January 1789. An epistolary novel, it tells the tragic story of the relationship of an orphan girl and a man of good family, with a dramatic twist and tragic ending. It was inspired by an actual scandal in the Apthorp family of Boston, the "Ophelia" and "Martin" related within the story.
It was published anonymously, and there has been controversy over the authorship. For over a century his family kept the author's identity secret. Boston antiquarians eventually fixed upon the poetess Sarah (Apthorp) Morton as the probable author, despite that she was the sister of the victim and married to the alleged seducer in the real-life scandal. In the autumn of 1894, after the edition used in this recording was published, William Hill Brown's niece broke the long silence and provided proofs that he was the author. (Summary by TriciaG using public domain sources)
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Thomas Harrington, main character in love with Harriot: 29 letters, 7985 wds total
Myra, Thomas' sister and Harriot's friend: 7 letters, 2095 wds total
Mr. Harrington, Thomas' and Myra's father: 3 letters, 1730 wds total
Harriot Fawcet, supposed orphan girl, illegitimate daughter of Mr. Harrington: 6 letters, 3860 wds total
Mrs. Holmes, mutual friend of the Harringtons and Harriot: 10 letters, 13,680 wds total
John Worthy, friend of Thomas: 10 letters, 5030 wds total
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End of each file say:"Letters #-# of The Power of Sympathy; or, the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, by William Hill Brown. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please visit librivox.org."
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