Wieland and Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist

Description

Set in rural Pennyslvania in the 1760s, this tale of horror and mystery is based on an actual case of a New York farmer who murdered his family. The author employs Gothic devices and sensational features such as spontaneous combustion, ventriloquism, and religious fanaticism. Fiendish Carwin uses his influence over Clara Wieland and her family, destroying the order and authority of the small community in which they live. The novel examines some fundamental issues crucial to the survival of democracy in the new American republic. The unfinished sequel, Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist, traces Carwin's career as a follower of the utopist Ludloe.

Details

Author(s)
Charles Brockden Brown, Jay Fliegelman
Format
Paperback | 416 pages
Dimensions
128 x 196 x 22mm | 340g
Publication date
25 Apr 1991
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint
PENGUIN CLASSICS
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0140390790
ISBN13
9780140390797
Bestsellers rank
762,601