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Wieland or the Transformation

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Zusatztext “Brown was a man of genius.”— William Hazlitt Informationen zum Autor Caleb Crain is the author of American Sympathy: Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation . He lives in Brooklyn. Klappentext Called a "remarkable story” by John Greenleaf Whittier and described by John Keats as "very powerful!” Wieland! Charles Brockden Brown's disturbing 1798 tale of terror! is a masterpiece involving spontaneous combustion! disembodied voices! religious mania! and a gruesome murder based on a real-life incident. This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes Wieland's fragmentary sequel! Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist! as well as several other important but hard-to-find Brockden Brown short stories! including "Thessalonica!” "Walstein's School of History!” and "Death of Cicero.” This collection also reproduces the newspaper account of the murder that inspired Wieland. Chapter I I feel little reluctance in complying with your request. You know not fully the cause of my sorrows. You are a stranger to the depth of my distresses. Hence your efforts at consolation must necessarily fail. Yet the tale that I am going to tell is not intended as a claim upon your sympathy. In the midst of my despair, I do not disdain to contribute what little I can to the benefit of mankind. I acknowledge your right to be informed of the events that have lately happened in my family. Make what use of the tale you shall think proper. If it be communicated to the world, it will inculcate the duty of avoiding deceit. It will exemplify the force of early impressions, and show the immeasurable evils that flow from an erroneous or imperfect discipline. My state is not destitute of tranquillity. The sentiment that dictates my feelings is not hope. Futurity has no power over my thoughts. To all that is to come I am perfectly indifferent. With regard to myself, I have nothing more to fear. Fate has done its worst. Henceforth, I am callous to misfortune. I address no supplication to the Deity. The power that governs the course of human affairs has chosen his path. The decree that ascertained the condition of my life, admits of no recal. No doubt it squares with the maxims of eternal equity. That is neither to be questioned nor denied by me. It suffices that the past is exempt from mutation. The storm that tore up our happiness, and changed into dreariness and desert the blooming scene of our existence, is lulled into grim repose; but not until the victim was transfixed and mangled; till every obstacle was dissipated by its rage; till every remnant of good was wrested from our grasp and exterminated. How will your wonder, and that of your companions, be excited by my story! Every sentiment will yield to your amazement. If my testimony were without corroborations, you would reject it as incredible. The experience of no human being can furnish a parallel: That I, beyond the rest of mankind, should be reserved for a destiny without alleviation, and without example! Listen to my narrative, and then say what it is that has made me deserve to be placed on this dreadful eminence, if, indeed, every faculty be not suspended in wonder that I am still alive, and am able to relate it. My father’s ancestry was noble on the paternal side; but his mother was the daughter of a merchant. My grand-father was a younger brother, and a native of Saxony. He was placed, when he had reached the suitable age, at a German college. During the vacations, he employed himself in traversing the neighbouring territory. On one occasion it was his fortune to visit Hamburg. He formed an acquaintance with Leonard Weise, a merchant of that city, and was a frequent guest at his house. The merchant had an only daughter, for whom his guest speedily contracted an affection; and, in spite of parental menaces and prohibitions, he, in due season, became her husband. By this act ...

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Authors Charles Brown, Charles Brockden Brown, Caleb Crain
Publisher Modern Library PRH US
 
Languages English
Product format Paperback
Released 11.06.2002
 
EAN 9780375759031
ISBN 978-0-375-75903-1
No. of pages 412
Dimensions 135 mm x 205 mm x 20 mm
Series MODERN LIBRARY
Modern Library Classics
Modern Library Classics (Paper
Modern Library Classics
Modern Library
Subject Fiction > Narrative literature

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