The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 68
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The ©Ms were great against Brown* s becoming a popular
writer, America was still a frontier country# Times were
act favorable, for only textbooks and handbooks could
successfully compete with books Imported from England, it
was hard to win attention froa a nation still so attached
to Its mother country and whose chief reading matter was the
His abundant energy, emotional Intensity, his coamand
of certain effects of terror, and hi® demotion to an ai® «►*
to give Americans a literary status equal to that of England —
compensate for his lack of literary training, his utter lack
of humor, and his inability to portray ordinary husan
experiences# His best works were his aothlo novels, filled
with terror, aelodraaa, and abnormality, but h@ insisted on
the use of local material in the development of American
literature* His influence was good* He aade Americans see
the need for adequate national self-expression# likely he did
as much as any pa could have done*
3ven if he does not shine brightly now, the patterns he
gave to future generations of writers, whose us# of them there
is no way to measure, and his successful insistence upon
American self-reliance give him an enviable place in the history
of JU&erioan literature.
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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/m1/71/: accessed February 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .