Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810) has earned a general reputation as the early republic's most ambitious and accomplished literary figure. He wrote prolifically in many genres, founded and edited three major magazines, published widely-read political pamphlets, and intervened in many debates about the culture and politics of the new nation.
Brown is still mostly known for his novels and for Alcuin, his dialogue on women's rights, as these are the only texts currently available in scholarly editions. Not available are his letters, short fiction, poetry, as well as a rich collection of periodical publications that include important book, theater, and music reviews, provocative philosophical essays, and numerous meditations on law, religion, nationhood, geography, history, literature, political economy, medicine, science, and sexuality.
To make all Brown's works accessible, our project is preparing a digital archive, along with a print edition of selected writings (7 volumes) to be published by Bucknell University Press.