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The Wieland: or Transformation, an American Tale
by Charles Brockden Brown
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A shadow falls over the Enlightenment when a stranger pays a visit in this tale of one family's slide down the slippery slope of reality. Featuring spontaneous combustion, demonic ventriloquism, murder and madness, Wieland offers a wealth of high weirdness for fans of the paranormal. The Invisible College Press is pleased to resurrect this forgotten classic of dark literature.
From the Publisher
This edition includes a comprehensive biography of Charles Brockden Brown from the 1856 edition of the Cyclopaedia of American Literature, and an introduction from noted scholar James P. Lynch.
About the Author
Philadelphia native Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810) was the first professional author in America, and the first American author to go broke trying to make a profession of it. Originally published in 1798, Wieland, or The Transformation is his best and best-known work.
Excerpted from Wieland: Or the Transformation: An American Tale by Charles Brockden Brown, James P. Lynch. Copyright © 2001. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
"The steps had now reached the second floor. Every footfall accelerated the certainty of evil. I cast my eye towards the window. If the door should give way, it was my sudden resolution to throw myself from it. Its height from the ground, which was covered beneath by a brick pavement, would insure my destruction; but I thought not of that."
"I had snatched a view of the stranger's countenance. The impression that it made was vivid and indelible. His cheeks were pallid and lank, his eyes sunken, his forehead over-shadowed by coarse straggling hairs, his teeth large and irregular, though sound and brilliantly white, and his chin discolored by a tetter. His skin was of coarse grain, and sallow hue."
"So flexible, and yet so stubborn is the human mind. So obedient to impulses the most transient and brief, and yet so unalterably observant of the direction which is given to it! How little did I then foresee the termination of that chain, of which this may be regarded as the first link?"
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