Orestes Augustus Brownson


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New England clergyman and liberal thinker, originally a Presbyterian, became successively a Universalist, an independent, a Unitarian minister, and a Roman Catholic. He was an ardent advocate of various liberal and socialistic projects, supported the Workingmen's party, and was interested in Transcendentalism and Brook Farm. He set forth his ideas in several magazines that he edited, in Charles Elwood, or the Infidel Converted (1840), a semi-autobiographical novel; The Convert (1857), an account of his conversion to Catholicism, which created a contemporary sensation; and The Spirit-Rapper (1854), a romance concerning spiritualism, which the author attributed to Satanic influence.

Subjects: Philosophy — Literature.

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