The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 38
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talked the same way. flit extraordinary activity
of his adnd foetered by his custom of taking long
walks la the neighborhood of Philadelphia, where
the habit of brooding over idaaa drawn from 111®
reading raaultad in abstractions oftan powerful
and often absurd. This nuality mm tranafarrad to
hia heroea• , , . Ha was greatest at planning and,
while hia projected eplea on the discovery of
America, on the conquest of Para, and on the con-
que at of Mexloo, which he had outlined at the age
of sixteen, did not materialise, they show hia
preferoaAas for American scenes*1
A letter by "3peratua" which is probably Brown* a shows
that he was prompted by native inapiration. In speaking of a
new work to be projected by him he aayaj
To the story telling moralist in the United
States la a new and untrodden field* He who shall
examine objects with hia cms eyes, who ahall employ
the European models merely for the improvement of
hia own taste, and adopt hia flotion to all that
is genuine and peculiar in the scene before him.
will be entitled at least to the praise of originality.*
An unasual combination fused to influence Brown in his
oholoe of writing. His inspiration to use native material,
the publication of the English Gothic romanoee, and strange,
melancholy thoughts were sufficient to mold his works into
what thay became* Bis use of native material, which finally
evolves as American Gothiclsm, Is easily observable upon reading
Brown deliberately selected remarkable incidents of con-
temporary life for use in his novels* Wlsland was based In
Arthur Hobson 4uinn, American Flotlon* p. 26* ..
2Ibld«, quoting Weekly laaga&lne. I (March 17, 1?9B), 202,
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