The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 25
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Whether Brown might have done work of great
and sustained excellence, if hi® life had fallen
in a period when fiction offered more sober in-
fluences and better models, is a question which
cannot be answered* As it is, he remains an
interesting, hut. as far as novel-writing is con-
cerned, an isolated figure in the American litera-
ture of his time. Although on the one hand he
fulfilled in may respects the alas of ©ontempor&ry
American novelists, and although on the other he
introduced to America the fashion then prevailing
in British fiction, — yet he had no imitators in
hi® genre, and he exerted no immediate influence on
American fiction* In the general history of American
literature he has, however, always held an important
plaee# The influence on many greater writers whioh
has been ascribed to him is in itself a claim to
consideration. And he has always found readers to
whom his emotional intensity and his command of
certain effects of terror have compensated for his
lack of construction and characterization* In the
history of early American fiction his peculiar impor-
tance comes from the faot that he is the earliest
American novelist who has won reputation and influence
outside his own country.*?
13ma.. pp. 57-58,
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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/m1/28/: accessed May 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .