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By Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

The yankee writer Charles Brockden Brown (1771–1810) is a debatable determine in the box of Gothic experiences. He used to be well-liked by means of nineteenth-century literary figures comparable to Poe, Hawthorne, George Lippard (who devoted his gothic novel Quaker urban to him), and John Greenleaf Whittier; pointed out as a tremendous determine within the improvement of the yankee literary culture via serious heavyweights together with R. W. B. Lewis, Richard Chase, Harry Levin, and Leslie Fiedler; and obviously influential to the complete American Gothic culture. although, it continues to be real that Brown is seldom learn open air of classes on American Romanticism and is extra frequently celebrated for what he initiated than for what he completed. the following, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock fills this void within the educational and cultural list with an advent to Brown and his writing that makes the case for Brown as an incredible writer in his personal correct.   

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If you imagine a cylindrical mass, with a cavity dug in the centre, whose edge con­ forms to the exterior edge; and, if you place in this cavity another cylinder, higher than that which surrounds it, but so small as to leave between its sides and those of the cavity, an hollow space, you will gain as distinct an image of this hill as words can convey. The summit of the inner rock was rugged and covered with trees of unequal growth. (p. 71) As best one can tell, the interior of Norwalk seems to be organized like Chinese boxes or Russian nesting dolls with a mountain within a mountain, and this counter-intuitive space is disarmingly surreal.

The difficulty of Edgar’s quest to return home is that he, like the missing film-makers in The Blair Witch Project, has essentially wan­ dered off the map. Edgar Huntly, it should be pointed out, is a novel defined by wandering – both, as critics have remarked, in its digressive structure and more literally through Edgar’s constant movement. What Edgar primarily does is walk. He walks when he is awake and he walks in his sleep. He walks during the day and he walks at night. He walks until he collapses, then he gets up and walks some more.

107). Following the murders and Wieland’s arrest, Clara returns to her ‘vacant and forlorn’ (p. 146) cottage il­ luminated solely by a ‘kind of twilight . . indd 39 6/7/2011 3:37:38 PM Charles Brockden Brown obscurity’ (p. 147). 29 Mettingen is Brown’s Norwood/Norwalk combined and condensed. Although the farm presumably possesses some tillable ground, Brown’s representation of it emphasizes cliffs and chasms, woods, rivers and, above all, dark­ ness. The twenty miles the Davises must traverse in the dark to the ferry in ‘Somnambulism’ are reduced to the three quarters of a mile Clara must run in the night to her brother’s house for help, but the journey seems just as long and frightening and the ‘umbrage’ every bit as deep.

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