Title

Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Source Publication

The Oxford Handbook of Charles Brockden Brown

Publication Date

6-12-2019

Editor

Philip Barnard, editor ; Hilary Emmett, editor ; Stephen Shapiro, editor

Publisher

Oxford University Press

City

New York, New York

ISBN

9780199860067

First Page

76

Last Page

90

Department

English

Publisher Statement

The novel Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793 by Charles Brockden Brown challenges its readers with its multiple plot lines, a dizzying array of characters, and its formal complexity. It rewards them with the energetic effort of one writer to place in relation to one another the most pressing issues of his era, issues concerning race, gender, and political revolution. In the novel, Brown leverages one of the oldest forms of storytelling, the fairy tale, to describe a most modern predicament: how to adapt to a world that is constantly changing and within which once stable certainties are unraveling. -- publisher

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