Edgar Huntly, Or, Memoirs of a Sleep-walker

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Penguin, Jan 1, 1988 - Fiction - 285 pages
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One of the first American Gothic novels, Edgar Huntly (1787) mirrors the social and political temperaments of the postrevolutionary United States.
 

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This features some riveting action scenes and some ingenious plot surprises. The Irishman Clithero is a memorable but exceedingly problematical character. I got the impression that Brown brought this to an end in a semi-complete form, perhaps having tired of it. Read full review

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I found this book to be particularly dry. While normally an astute reader whose triumphs include Finnegans Wake, Gravity's Rainbow, and Atlas Shrugged, I found it difficult to follow the narrative ... Read full review

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Contents

TO THE PUBLIC
v
CHAPTER ONE
vii
CHAPTER TWO
xv
CHAPTER FOUR
8
CHAPTER FIVE
17
CHAPTER SIX
29
CHAPTER SEVEN
34
CHAPTER EIGHT
43
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
138
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
147
CHAPTER NINETEEN
158
CHAPTER TWENTY
169
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
178
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
188
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
197
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
206

CHAPTER NINE
60
CHAPTER TEN
69
CHAPTER ELEVEN
78
CHAPTER TWELVE
86
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
98
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
107
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
117
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
125
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
216
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
226
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
234
TO MR SARSEFIELD
247
TO THE SAME
249
TO EDGAR HUNTLY
257
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About the author (1988)

Charles Brockden Brown, the first full-time professional writer in the United States, is considered by many to be the nation's first important novelist. He is noted chiefly for having written four Gothic novels that prefigure one of America's most significant traditions, the kind of psychological-moralistic fiction written by Hawthorne, Poe, Henry James, William Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor. Brown was also admired and imitated by such English writers such as Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Thomas Love Peacock. While Brown's texts displayed some of the indulgences inherent in the Gothic tradition, his work is notable for its inventive and sophisticated construction and for what Brown termed moral painting. Within four years, between 1789 and 1801, he published six novels. Wieland (1798), perhaps his best-known work, was based on an actual murder case in New York, but Brown was less interested in the sensational aspects than in the moral and psychological implications of the case. Ormand (1799) deals with an attempted seduction but is ultimately about the struggle of conflicting values. Arthur Mervyn (1799), the longest of Brown's novels, is a realistic account of the yellow fever plague that occurred in Philadelphia in 1733. Edgar Huntly (1799), though occasionally incredible, is a skillful interrogation of moral ambiguities and complexities. Before he abandoned novel writing for a career in journalism in 1804, Brown published two more novels, Clara Howard and Jane Talbot, both in 1801. Although for many years Brown's work received relatively limited attention, scholarly interest in his work has increased dramatically in the past 40 years. All of his fiction is once more in print, and carefully edited volumes of his works have recently been published by Kent State University Press. Brown died in 1810.

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