1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Brockden Brown

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 6:146.



A successful imitator of the style of Godwin appeared in America. CHARLES BROCKDEN BROWN (1771-1810), a native of Philadelphia, was author of several novels, which were collected and republished in 1828 in seven volumes. He was also an extensive contributor to the periodical literature of America, and author of a number of political pamphlets. His best novels are Wieland (1798), Arthur Mervyn (1800), Edgar Huntly, Clara Howard, and Jane Talbot (all in 1801). In romantic narrative, Brown was often successful, but he failed in the delineation of character.