This chapter examines several kinds of evidence about reactions to reading a novel based on a study conducted by Wayne Booth which surveyed readers of different ages and backgrounds about the novels that had led them to make a change in their behavior or beliefs. It discusses readers' experiences related to narrative empathy and explains a set of working hypotheses about the qualities of novels that evoke empathy in readers. It also analyzes the result of empirical studies concerning the effects of reading and discusses ideas about readers' empathy.
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