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Charles Brockden Brown

The American author Charles Brockden Brown (1771–1810) is a controversial figure within the field of Gothic studies. He was admired by nineteenth-century literary figures such as Poe, Hawthorne, George Lippard (who dedicated his gothic novel Quaker City to him), and John Greenleaf Whittier; identified as an important figure in the development of the American literary tradition by critical heavyweights including R. W. B. Lewis, Richard Chase, Harry Levin, and Leslie Fiedler; and clearly influential to the entire American Gothic tradition. However, it remains true that Brown is seldom read outside of courses on American Romanticism and is more often celebrated for what he initiated than for what he achieved. Here, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock fills this void in the academic and cultural record with an introduction to Brown and his writing that makes the case for Brown as a major author in his own right.   

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011

Gothic Authors: Critical Revisions

Literature and Literary Criticism: American and Canadian Literature

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“Weinstock’s study offers a quick, readable introduction to Brown’s major novels, his intellectual biography, and his influences, situated in reference to the most critically significant studies of Brown’s work, past and present. . . . Recommended.”

A. T. Hale, University of Puget Sound | Choice

Table of Contents


A Polemical Introduction
1. Charles Brockden Brown and the Frontier Gothic
2. Charles Brockden Brown and the Urban Gothic
3. Charles Brockden Brown and the Psychological Gothic
4. Charles Brockden Brown and the Female Gothic
Conclusion: The Legacy of Charles Brockden Brown’s Four Gothics


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