Wieland And Memoirs Of Carwin The Biloquist
  • Wieland And Memoirs Of Carwin The Biloquist
  • Wieland And Memoirs Of Carwin The Biloquist
  • Wieland And Memoirs Of Carwin The Biloquist
ISBN: 0140390790
EAN13: 9780140390797
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 1, 1991
Pages: 370
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
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Wieland, the story of religious delusions and horrific violence on the eve of the American Revolution, is the first gothic novel in America and a cornerstone of the Early American literary canon. A family living on an estate outside Philadelphia is visited first by a set of mysterious voices, seemingly coming out of thin air, followed soon after by an itinerant rustic named Carwin. Violence erupts when the family's young patriarch believes he hears God's voice demanding a human sacrifice as a sign of faith. Testing the limits of religious and literary authority in the new United States, Brown's novel has for more than two centuries kept readers debating questions of agency, accountability, and revolutionary politics as the story's moral chaos unfolds. The editor provides explanatory annotation throughout the volume.

This Norton Critical Edition also reprints Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist, Brown's fragmentary sequel to Wieland. Sources and Contexts presents inspirations for Brown's work, including an account of the real-life Yates family murders, an excerpt from Christoph Martin Wieland's The Trial of Abraham, as well as religious and medical accounts of delusion, spontaneous combustion, and ventriloquism. Brown's outline for Wieland and his letter to Read More chevron_right

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