Wieland (novel)

Wieland (novel)

Wieland: or, The Transformation: An American Tale, usually simply called Wieland, is the first major work by Charles Brockden Brown. First published in 1798, it distinguishes the true beginning of his career as a writer. Wieland is the first – and most famous – American Gothic novel. It has often been linked to Caleb Williams by William Godwin. Godwin's influence is clear, but Brown's writing is unique in its style. Wieland is often categorized under several sub-genres other than Gothic fiction, including horror, psychological fiction and epistolary fiction, which are listed at Project Gutenberg.

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... Many modern critics fault Wielandfor its gimmickry, and late-eighteenth century critics scorned it as well ... harshly faulted Brown for using ventriloquism as the device that drove the plot of the novel ... Critics today have also disdained the ventriloquism in Wieland ...