1887 Gothic Book - EDGAR HUNTLY OR THE SLEEP WALKER. #123/500 Limited Edition.
Author : Brown, Charles Brockden.
Title : EDGAR HUNTLY; OR, MEMOIRS of a SLEEP-WALKER.
Publisher : Philadephia, David McKay Publisher, 1887. #123/500 limited edition.
Language : Text in English
Size : 9 " X 6 "
Pages : 280 pages
Binding : Very good half vellum binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content : Very good content (bright, tight and clean).
The book : Nice edition of Edgar Huntly, Or, Memoirs of a Sleepwalker -- a 1799 Gothic novel by the American author Charles Brockden Brown. Edgar Huntly, a young man who lives with his uncle and sisters (his only remaining family) on a farm outside Philadelphia, is determined to learn who murdered his friend Waldegrave. Walking near the elm tree under which Waldegrave was killed late one night, Huntly sees Clithero, a servant from a neighboring farm, half-dressed, digging in the ground and weeping loudly. Huntly concludes that Clithero may be the murderer. He also concludes that Clithero is sleepwalking. Huntly decides to follow Clithero when he sleep walks.
The author: Charles Brockden Brown (January 17, 1771 – February 22, 1810) was an American novelist, historian, and editor of the Early National period. He is generally regarded by scholars as the most important American novelist before James Fenimore Cooper. He is the most frequently studied and republished practitioner of the "early American novel," or the U.S. novel between 1789 and roughly 1820. Although Brown was not the first American novelist, as some early criticism claimed, the breadth and complexity of his achievement as a writer in multiple genres (novels, short stories, essays and periodical writings of every sort, poetry, historiography, and reviews) makes him a crucial figure in U.S. literature. Of the seven novels extant, the first four to be published in book form (Wieland, Ormond, Edgar Huntly, and Arthur Mervyn) have received the lion's share of commentary and attention. Because of their sensational violence, dramatic intensity, and intellectual complexity, these four novels are often referred to as the "gothic" or "Godwinian" novels.
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