The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 49
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11} or at least, — as if you had just parted
with a man who had seen it — * mm whose word
had utter been doubted; and who hf& been telling
you of it with hi3 face flushed,1*
This is high praise indeed from a man who almost never
praised anything written by an Amerloan#
Relative to Brown* s plaoe in American Gothic literature,
John Srsklne saidi
He is prophetic of Aaerlean literature in
his readlnass to welcome and absorb foreign
culture. , , . He is distinctly himself, as Oooper
and mer&en in their separate way® are distinctly
themselves, and equally Amerioan. All that he
learned froa other lands t he transmitted into a
native product, as he transferred the Gothic
romance to Philadelphia* That use of a native
stage is enough to earn our gratitude* He wrote
of scenes he knew, and his tales lost no power by
Undoubtedly the Gothielsa of Zngiaod influeneed the
Sothlelaa of toeriea, the latter being ascribed almost wholly
to Charles Brookden Brown. It is no disparagement to say that
Brown was an imitator. Sven when all of the English Gothic
characteristics are set aside in Brown's works, thtre still
remains much to give him a well~de erved plaee In literature.
Fred Lewis pattee saidt
He had a creative imagination. He possessed
the power, rare in any epoch, to originate new
literary effects# la hie own estimation he had
but one merit, — that of calling forth the
ohn Heal, op. oit., p. 29-30.
15Srskine, o£. cit., p. 48.
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