“William Bradford’s Love Life”

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“William Bradford’s Love Life”

Have you ever heard that Dorothy May Bradford committed suicide by leaping to her death off the Mayflower? Various versions of the story have appeared over the years. If you hear it now, you’re most likely to hear that she did it because she missed her young son, left behind in Holland, and she was terrified of the strange new land in front of her. But the first version of the story is quite different, and it comes directly from Austin’s pen. One of her most infamous short stories is “William Bradford’s Love Life,” first published in Harper’s in 1869

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