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About the Author: Charles Brockden Brown

Charles Brockden Brown (January 17, 1771 – February 22, 1810), an American novelist, historian, and editor of the Early National period, is generally regarded by scholars as the most ambitious and accomplished US novelist before James Fenimore Cooper. He is the most frequently studied and republished practitioner of the "early American novel," or the US novel between 1789 and roughly 1820. Although Brown was by no means the first American novelist, as some early criticism claimed, the breadth and complexity of his achievement as a writer in multiple genres (novels, short stories, essays and periodical writings of every sort, poetry, historiography, reviews) makes him a crucial figure in US literature and culture of the 1790s and first decade of the 19th century, and a significant public intellectual in the wider Atlantic print culture and public sphere of the era of the French Revolution.


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Paperback, Published in Mar 2002 by Kent State University Press

ISBN10: 0873387384 | ISBN13: 9780873387385

Page count: 479

Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810) was America's first novelist - the earliest citizen of the young nation to support himself by the profession of literature. This, his third published novel, provides realistic descriptions of the yellow fever epidemic that swept through Philadelphia in 1793.

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