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The romance of real life : Charles Brockden Brown and the origins of American culture /
Steven Watts.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1994.
xviii, 246 p. ; 24 cm.
0801846862 (alk. paper)
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Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1994.
0801846862 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-241) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-11:
Steven Watts's new biography of Charles Brockden Brown is a valuable contribution to scholarship on this enigmatic and highly original early American novelist. The book examines in detail Brown's entire career and oeuvre, including "fiction and nonfiction, essays and editorials, public manifestos and private missives," to portray Brown's confrontation and ultimate articulation of the emergence of a liberal culture in modern America. Brown's individual struggles with the ambiguities and contradictions of liberal individualism are related to both the central ideas in his fiction and to the cultural and economic history of the early American republic. Watts provides illuminating studies of Brown's major novels and his often ignored early and later works. An excellent and comprehensive bibliographic essay places Watts's biography in the context of current and previous Brown scholarship. Text notes are accurate, informative, and well placed in a separate appendix. The Romance of Real Life will be an essential text for Brown scholars and those interested in the development of the American novel. For upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. D. R. Stoddard; Anne Arundel Community College
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Choice, November 1994
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Table of Contents
The Novel and the Market in the Early Republicp. 1
The Lawyer and the Rhapsodistp. 27
The Young Artist as Social Visionaryp. 49
The Major Novels (I): Fiction and Fragmentationp. 71
The Major Novels (II): Deception and Disintegrationp. 101
The Writer as Bourgeois Moralistp. 131
The Writer and the Liberal Egop. 164
Notesp. 201
Bibliographic Essayp. 225
Indexp. 243
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