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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I found his passages of the cave and forests to be concise and dream-like at once, and when he describes Indian attacks, he is a masterful writer of action. So unlike a fair number of other reviewers, I really enjoyed this book. In one instance, Huntly is trying to open an enigmatic wooden box.

Edgar Huntly

In the sense that, until the Civil War, “women wrote about courtship and the family and men wrote about adventures. First edition title page.

The Gothic elements are so intentionally overdone that it gets hilarious pretty quick. This is a strange and interesting little book. I skimmed a great deal more than I probably should have.

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And yes, possibly Clithero’s disappearance was part of what made me keep reading I mean, isn’t this guy the “Sleep-Walker”? 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. It’s kind of fun. Dec 17, Bill Kerwin rated it it was ok Shelves: He is hungry, thirsty, and feels as though he’s been beaten.


Our professor assigned this book knowing it was not terribly well written, but apparently it was brocckden. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. About a hundred pages into the book, when the nrown are just starting to become complex and mysterious, the novel’s narrator and main character goes sleepwalking and wakes up in the bottom of a dark cave in the middle of Indian territory.

Acknowledgements Introduction Charles Brockden Brown: Still, it’s a mess.

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

There’s one point where Edgar says flat out that he wouldn’t feel bad at all if he killed every American Indian he came in contact with. It was natural to suggest to my friend, when expatiating on this theme, an inquiry as to how far subsequent events had obliterated the impressions that were then made, and as to the plausibility of reviving, at this more auspicious period, his claims on the heart of his friend.

Novels by Charles Brockden Brown. I’m usually a big fan of long winded prose being a fan of most Victorian literature, but this book really tested my patience. It would need another reading to get the full effect and underlying meanings though. It’s an assumption that readers in the s automatically made. It’s good, classic s literature.

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

Charles Brockden Brown Edited by: At the end of the novel, Huntly no longer has troubles with sleepwalking. Would you look at that? Shouldn’t he be in more of the book? 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 hunly written.


There’s another bit where the townspeople, without any sense of irony, are rude to a Lenni-Lenape woman, calling her greedy for wanting land in the town. Lorimer would be better off dead then learning about the death of her brother, especially because she herself said that she could not live with the knowledge of his death.

I don’t think it’s a word that has any place in criticism. Huntly has a habit of forgetting to introduce characters, assuming we k This book was really hard to get into and the plot was hard to follow.

Aug 04, Caleb Horowitz rated it did not like it Shelves: It is while Huntly is following a sleep-walking Clithero that he first comes to the cave, which plays a major role in the plot. He constantly thought about things and the narrative often repeated itself. He offers the shadow of American life.

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then I have a book recommendation for you! As you might expect from 18th century fiction, it drags its feet like a corpse. Refresh and try again.

It’s entertaining but is overly descriptive and rather weird. However, if you’re interested in studying “the other” in early American literature, this is an excellent book to read.