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Library of America
Charles Brockden Brown

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Charles Brockden Brown. Three Gothic Novels
Three Gothic Novels book jacket Edited by: Sydney J. Krause
Library of America
ISBN: 1-883011-57-4
Series Number: 103
Product Code: 201063
Price: $40.00
Sydney J. Krause, editor. Before Poe, and Hawthorne, and Stephen King, there was Charles Brockden Brown. Published literature: madness and murder, suicide and religious obsession, the seduction of innocence and the dangers of wilderness and settlement alike. Written in a nervous and effusive style in which rational discourse and hysterical rant contend for control, often narrated by characters on the brink of in the final years of the 18th century, Brown's startlingly prophetic novels are a virtual ręsumę of themes that would recur in American emotional breakdown, these works open onto dark recesses and turbulent conflict in the recently founded American nation.

In Three Gothic Novels, The Library of America collects the most significant of Brown's works: Wieland, or The Transformation (1798), his novel of a religious fanatic preyed upon by a sinister ventriloquist, often considered his masterpiece; Arthur Mervyn; or Memoirs of the Year 1793 (1799), with its indelible scenes of Philadelphia devastated by a yellow fever epidemic; and Edgar Huntly; or Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (1799), which fuses traditional Gothic themes with motifs drawn from the American wilderness.

Charles Brockden Brown: Three Gothic Novels contains a newly researched chronology of Brown's life, explanatory notes, and an essay on the texts.


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