Wieland; or, the Transformation by Charles Brockden Brown
An American Tale

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A major influence on Poe and Hawthorne, this spellbinding tale of seduction, insanity, and murder represents one of America's earliest novels. Based on the true story of a religious fanatic who slaughtered his family, this proto-Gothic novel unfolds in rural Pennsylvania of the 1760s and offers compelling reflections of the era's social and political anxieties.
 

About Charles Brockden Brown

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Charles Brockden Brown was born on January 17, 1771 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After he completed his schooling in 1787, he began apprenticing at the law offices of Alexander Wilcocks and pursued literary interests. When he was 18, he published his first literary works: the Rhapsodist sketches, which appeared anonymously in the Columbian Magazine, and a poem entitled An Inscription for General Washington's Tomb Stone, which appeared in the State Gazette of North Carolina. In 1793, he abandoned the law to attempt a life of letters. Within four years, between 1789 and 1801, he published six novels: Wieland, Ormand, Arthur Mervyn, Edgar Huntly, Clara Howard and Jane Talbot. He died of tuberculosis on February 22, 1810.
 
Published July 21, 2010 by Dover Publications. 240 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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One winter's night in 1781, a farmer in upstate New York was reading his Bible when he heard (or thought he heard) a voice speak to him from out of the darkness.

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