Brown, Charles Brockden Wieland; or, The Transformation. An American Tale. (New York, 1798).
flipFlip to Charles Brockden Brown, attributed to Ellen Sharples, after James Sharples Senior, circa 1810.
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Credit: Library Company of Philadelphia

Brown set Wieland, considered by many both the first great American novel in a manse overlooking the Schuylkill River. In this and his  other novels, Brown began the tradition of American “gothic” literature that runs through Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe to Stephen King and other current masters of horror.

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