Wieland: or, The Transformation: An American Tale by C. B. Brown (First Edition)
Authors: C. B. Brown (Charles Brockden Brown)
Location: New York
Publisher: H. Caritat
Edition: First Edition
Features: Rebound in leather, decorative gilt to spine. Original text block. 298pp. Gothic Horror novel. From the collection of Barry R. Levin, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature. Wieland: or, The Transformation: An American Tale by C. B. Brown is considered to be the first significant novel written by an American. The themes explored in Wieland are possibly at their most applicable in our current sociopolitical climate. Brown, by way of his character's ventriloquism in the novel, addresses the inadequacy of our sensory evidence as a means of distinguishing the true from the false. The doll voices opinions that may or may not reflect the man controlling him, which brings into question the reliability of the narrator and the facts he presents in whole. In an era of fake news, these questions are vital to answer, and the meaning of truth, essential to explore. Joyce Carol Oates presented Wieland as "a nightmare expression of the fulfillment of repressed desire, anticipating Edgar Allan Poe's similarly claustrophobic tales of the grotesque."
Book Condition: Very Good+: A tight bright leather binding. Some toning and moderate edge wear to the original text block.