2.0 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M21
Agency History / Biographical Note:
Charles Brockden Brown, novelist and journalist, was the first professional American writer and the first American writer to develop an international reputation. While practicing the law, Brown published his earliest work, "The Rhapsodist," in the Columbian Magazine for 1789.
In 1793, he turned to writing full time, published all his novels between 1798 (Wieland) and 1801 (Jane Talbot), and edited literary and historical journals (1799-1810). Among his works were Alcuin: a Dialogue (1798), a work on the rights of women; Edgar Huntly (1799-1800), a novel in two parts; a translation of Volney's Tableau du climat et du sol des Etats-Unis... (1804); and the American Register or General Repository of History ..., which he edited from 1807-1810.
Scope and Content:
The collection consists largely of Brown's correspondence, much of it with his friends Joseph Bringhurst, Jr., (1767-1834) and Deborah Ferris (1773-1844), later Mrs. Bringhurst, or between Ferris and Bringhurst. Many of the letters are included in Charles E. Bennett's "The Letters of Charles Brockden Brown: An Annotated Census," published in the Resources for American Literary Study, Autumn 1976. However, a number of the letters originally included in the Bennett Census as authored by Charles B. Brown under the alias "Petrarch" have since been reclassified as the writing of Joseph Bringhurst, Jr.
General note: Photocopies of correspondence provided for patron use. Correspondence also available on microfilm; George J. Mitchell Dept. of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Me.; 1 microfilm reel. (1796 Sep 14 letter not included on microfilm).
Cite as: Charles Brockden Brown Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library
Access Restrictions: None.