Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

Brown, Charles Brockden, novelist, was born of Quaker ancestry at Philadelphia, January 17, 1771, and died of consumption, February 22, 1810. After abortive studies in law, he was the first American to adopt literature as a profession. Wieland (1798) was followed by Ormund (1799), Arthur Menyn (1800), Edgar Huntly, or the Adventures of a Sleep-walker (1801), Clara Howard (1801), and Jane Talbot (1804), novels full of incident and subtle analysis, but extravagant and Godwinesque. See Life by W. H. Prescott (1834).
References
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 138.

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