The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 50
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passion and engaging the sympathy of the reader
toy means hitherto unemployed fey preceding author#.1
He had, more than this, the power to project his
reader into the inner life of hi# characters; he
was able to analyze and to dissect the springs of
action; he had poetic visions that torn life into
images of beauty; and he had that narrative enthusi-
asm, rare indeed, that seizes the reader at the state
and hurries him despite himself breathless to the
end of the tale,
Brown used devices, style, and moralizing in imitation
of the English writers, hut introduction of the American aothic
romanee, his avoidance of the tepid sentiment until late la
his career, his lucid pictures of the yellow fever epidemic
in Philadelphia, his use of the Indian and the forest in
romantic fiction entitle him to he called the father of the
American romanti® novel.
x6Wieland, p. xiv,
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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/m1/53/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .