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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 May 2008 by Book Jungle

ISBN10: 1605975486 | ISBN13: 9781605975481

Page count: 220

Wireland of the Transformation was published in 1798 and is considered to be the first American gothic novel. The novel takes place in rural Pennsylvania in the 1760's. It is based on a true story of a murder committed by an insane farmer. A flash of light killed the farmer's fanatic father and the farmer is commanded to sacrifice his wife and children by an unearthly voice. This sacrifice will be a sign of his obedience to heaven. This is not a book for the faint of heart containing such gothic elements as spontaneous combustion, ventriloquism, and religious fanaticism!

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