Charles Brockden Brown


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acclaimed as the first professional American author, is remembered for his four Gothic novels Wieland (1798), Arthur Mervyn (1799), Ormond (1799), and Edgar Huntly (1799). Although obviously indebted to Godwin and A. Radcliffe, these were pioneer works which gave Gothic romance an American setting, and Brown's psychological interest in obsession, seduction, madness, and cruelty made him a precursor of Poe.

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