“William Bradford’s Love Life”

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“William Bradford’s Love Life”

One of Austin’s more infamous short stories is “William Bradford’s Love Life,” first published in Harper’s in 1869 and later reprinted in her David Alden’s Daughter, a collection of her earlier Pilgrim stories, in 1892. You can read the original copy in Harper’s archives here: http://harpers.org/archive/1869/06/william-bradfords-love-life/ I say infamous because of the repercussions of the story, because she received a fair amount of criticism and was later vilified by historians seeking to correct the “facts.” It’s one of Austin’s first attempts at historical fiction, but it also becomes one of the most problematic, and it may very well be one of

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