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American SympathyMen, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation$
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Caleb Crain

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300083323

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300083323.001.0001

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The Decomposition of Charles Brockden Brown: Sympathy in Brown's Letters

The Decomposition of Charles Brockden Brown: Sympathy in Brown's Letters

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(p.53) 2 The Decomposition of Charles Brockden Brown: Sympathy in Brown's Letters
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American Sympathy
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Caleb Crain

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300083323.003.0003

This chapter examines Charles Brockden Brown's letters, which chart his difficult evolution as a novelist. Brown seems to have learned how to turn sympathy into literature by using a circle of intimate male friends as guinea pigs for his experiments. Success brought him feelings of guilt and potency, and that ambivalence became the subject of his art.

Keywords:   novelists, letters, sympathy, literature

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