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Wieland; or the Transformation and Memoirs of Carwin, The Biloquist (Oxford World's Classics)

 
 
 
 
Wieland; or the Transformation and Memoirs of Carwin, The Biloquist (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: Charles Brockden Brown
ISBN 13: 9780199538775
ISBN 10: 199538778
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2009-04-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $11.95
 
 

One of the earliest major American novels, Wieland (1798) is a thrilling tale of suspense and intrigue set in rural Pennsylvania in the 1760s. Based on an actual case of a New York farmer who murdered his family, the novel employs Gothic devices and sensational elements such as spontaneous combustion, ventriloquism, and religious fanaticism. Also included is Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist, the unfinished sequel to Wieland, in which Brown considers power and manipulation while tracing Carwin's career as a disciple of the utopist Ludloe.