About the Author

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 mostly known for his novels and for Alcuin, his dialogue on women's rights.

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Landscape engravings of Philadelphia by William Russell Birch (1755-1834)
Letter to Thomas Jefferson, December 25, 1798 (Library of Congress)

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