Philadelphia:, (2004): University of Pennsylvania Press. First Edition. Octavo. Item #022463
Portrait frontispiece, 249pp., Brown was considered the father of the American Gothic Novel. His first novel "Wieland, is the story of a religious fanatic haunted by demonic voices instructing him to murder his wife and children. This is the beginning of his life as a novelist which would eventually inspire Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen Kind and many other best-selling American Writers. The author illuminates the social and political influences on the nation's first professional novelist and reveals the surprising origins of one of American literature's most popular and enduring genres. A fine bright copy bound in black cloth, spine lettering gilt in near fine pictorial dust jacket. An exceptionally nice copy.