The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 18
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the Redeemer , and the promise of a glorious inheri-
tance la tii® fairer of God are never found In novels.*
In their prefaces, many of the novelists la the earlier
period la Aaerlea show a nervous consciousness of being
censured, and they attempt to avoid aay such censure as
Dwight's by explaining that their works are to direct the
young mind. The Reverend inos Hitehcook, one of our earliest
writers of fietlon, has his heroine say, "Nothing ean have a
worse effect on the mind of our sex than the free us® of those
writings whioh are the offspring of the modern novelists*1^
Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Rowson, and the other literary ladies show
the same dread of "the pernloiou3 effects of novel reading.
The opinions of the whole country were not controlled by
Puritan beliefs. Much more general was the colonial spirit,
under whose Influence Americans looked to England as their
mother country, sent their sons to England to be educated
whenever it was possible, and sought in English manners a model
for their own. Naturally readers filled with such a spirit
satisfied their taste for fiction with stories of ingllsh life.
This spirit of filial aoceptanoe oould not survive the
Revolution. As soon as the confusion which follows a war had
subsided, the more thoughtful people decided that manner®
2Ibid., p. 1, quoting Travels in New England and
New York. Vol. I, p. 477*
%bld.. p. 2, quoting Memoirs of the Blooms fgrove Family,
. if71* 82.
4Xbld., p. 2.
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Cannon, Willie Jim. The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown, thesis, 1950; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc130235/m1/21/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .