By Caleb Crain, Charles Brockden Brown
Known as a "remarkable story" through John Greenleaf Whittier and defined by way of John Keats as "very powerful," Wieland, Charles Brockden Brown's worrying 1798 story of terror, is a masterpiece regarding spontaneous combustion, disembodied voices, non secular mania, and a ugly homicide in line with a real-life incident.
This sleek Library Paperback vintage comprises Wieland's fragmentary sequel, Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist, in addition to a number of different vital yet hard-to-find Brockden Brown brief tales, together with "Thessalonica," "Walstein's institution of History," and "Death of Cicero." This assortment additionally reproduces the newspaper account of the homicide that encouraged Wieland.
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