The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 22
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England• Almost before Wleland was published, Brown wrote
Ms second novel, Ormond. or The Secret Witness, which with
two other novels, Arthur Mervyn and Edgar Huntly. appeared
in 1799♦ H© is ©aid to have worked at this time ©a five
novels at once.®
Wleland and Ormond were the first considerable romances
produoed in America, Their importance as pioneer work was
recognized from the beginning, and they brought their hard*
working young author a place of honor in the community, if
not much pecuniary reward. In a letter to his brother James,
dated from Hew York on February 15, 1799 he gives a hint of
the quick vogue of Ormond, published only in that yeaxt
My social' hours and schemts are in their
customary state, . • • Up till eleven, and abed
till eight, plying the quill or the book, and
conversing with male and female friends, consti-
tutes the customary series of my amusements and
employments. I add somewhatf though not so much
as I might if I were so inclined, to the number
of my friends. I find to be the writer of Wleland
and Ormond is a greater recommendation than £ ever •
imagined it would be.9
In 1801 appeared Brown's last two novels, Clara Howard.
or the Enthusiasm of Love, and fane Talbot* In contrast to
all his other tales these two are entirely without bloodshed;
there is not a single murder. Clara Howard is completely
without a villain, and in Jan® Talbot there is only a poor
%©hn Erskine, leading American Novelists. pp 14-22.
9Ibid.. p. 24.
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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/m1/25/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .