One of the first American Gothic novels, Edgar Huntly () mirrors the social and Edgar Huntly or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker by Charles Brockden Brown. Charles Brockden Brown creates a mysterious, intriguing world in Edgar Huntly. He uses the gothic novel as an examination of the American subconscious, and. Edgar Huntly, Or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (Penguin Classics) [Charles Brockden Brown, Norman S. Grabo] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying.

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He apparently woke up somewhere and couldn’t remember Other reviewers comment on how long and boring this is, but I really enjoyed it! When he returns the next day, it goes by so quickly that it seemed improbable it was the same cave.

Edgar Huntly or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker by Charles Brockden Brown

Charles Brockden Brown is insane. Huntly has a habit of forgetting to introduce characters, assuming we know who they are, and forgetting that other characters are present in the scene.

I don’t think it’s a word that has any place in criticism. There’s some back-and-forth throughout, as Edgar has to keep returning home, and later Edgar finds himself in the caves, lost, in the charlws, and starving. Furthermore, this book serves as an interesting metaphor for the struggle of the penning of the Constitution. I have to admit, though, that the conclusion of the book is interesting. It’s suspenseful at times, violent often, and fairly tedious.


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Edgar is an unreliable narrator, which adds a layer of interest; Native Americans are referred to by Edgar as “savages”, when Edgar is the one who kills them; and it seems to be a parallel to life in early America after the Revolutionary War. Though the plot was interesting chales many of the themes of the work did come across effectively, I could not really abide the prose of the book.

May 28, John rated it it was ok Shelves: Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. Lorimer, because he killed her brother. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Edgar Huntly or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker

Dec 17, Bill Kerwin rated it it was ok Shelves: At times tedious and challenging This book was not bad. Something I’m going to keep at the front of my bookcase to read dozens of times over? In some sense, this transposes the Gothic form onto the roughage and ‘primitive’ terrors of baby America, and there is a great deal more interior to this novel than what we’ve been reading for the class so far.

His memory and wits shaken by the scenes he has witnessed, ordinary republican citizen Edgar Huntly relates the unpredictable and catastrophic consequences of his chance encounter with Clithero Edny, a mysterious Irish immigrant whose unfortunate but violent history catches up with him in the New World. Books by Charles Brockden Brown.


Edgar Huntly; or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker by Charles Brockden Brown

Unfortunately, the novel is a bit of a chore to read, it hhntly itself quite a bit, and it takes too long to get going. Another time, the path in the cave that Huntly takes leads right up to where Clithero is hiding. I don’t, by any means, think that Brown has hit the mark with Huntly, but what he does is something remarkable in its own right.

It’s entertaining but is overly descriptive and rather weird. Strange, difficult to understand sometimes because no quotation marks were used for dialogue but I think that’s how things were in the time it was written. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In this novel there seems to be edgat value for human life, especially Indian life. Views Read Edit View history.

One might say he shows signs of having the Imp of the Perversewhich is when one does evil simply because it is evil. There’s a historical fascination, but not much more. Read this for 19th century American Lit. Refresh and try again.

About Charles Brockden Brown. This book was really hard to get into and the plot was hard to follow.