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The Romance of Real Life

Charles Brockden Brown and the Origins of American Culture

Originally published in 1994. This study aims to reconstruct historically the life and writings of Charles Brockden Brown in terms of their cultural connection. Watts examines in detail Brown's early and later writings. By looking at these often-neglected works more closely, he offers a new perspective on the well-known novels from the late 1790s. Watts's synthetic look at genre as well as chronology reveals broader connections between Brown's literature and American society and culture in the decades of the early republic. Furthermore, Watts situates Brown's writings in terms of the interplay of text, context, and the self, with each factor recognized as mutually shaping the others. The Romance of Real Life incorporates sensitivity to the "social history of ideas," in which both the form and content of language remain rooted in the material experience of real life.

About the Author

Steven Watts is a professor of American intellectual and cultural history at the University of Missouri. He has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, and the New Republic. He is the author of Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream and The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century.

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"Bright and literate."

- Stephen F. Pickering - Journal of the Early Republic
Johns Hopkins University Press
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