The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 67
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one nay or another fro® one's works* Brown*s plaee la American
literature Is minor, bat it Is a secure one, Be created no
school, but it is apparent that his influence was pervasive
abroad a® well as in America* He worked hard for literary
independence in his own country and was very successful.
He wrote from an Amerlean point of view, and his writings
gate promise that Americans oould compete with foreign novelists.
He modified the contemporary English pattern® to fit hl theory
of fiction, using the Gothic formula to a certain extent to
achieve horror, bat replacing Ingllsh castle® with ordinary
houses in American settings.
Brown*a faults are numerous, but his merita as a novelist
are substantial. Be was eager, but seems to have been too
excitable to work out hi® problems thoroughly. He said himself
that his work was ♦♦written in an hasty and inaccurate way,**!©
le explained the supernatural in his aothlo stories, bat h®
left many ordinary matters in doubt* To offset his faults,
however, there are several merits. He succeeded by intensity,
eloquence, imagination. His seriousness is felt even in Ms
most improbably stories. Above all, he succeeded best as a
writer by virtue of his emotional power. In language he rose
to heights seldom reached in early American diction* Despite
his eloquent language, an electric quality runs through his
prose which compels attention.
^Alexander Cowie, The Use the American Hovel, p. 102,
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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/m1/70/: accessed October 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .