Charles Brockden Brown: Arthur Mervyn

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  • Michael Drexler (Bucknell University )
  • Lena Perminova (Bucknell University )

Arthur Mervyn, or, Memoirs of the Year 1793 is a novel by Charles Brockden Brown and one of his best and most popular works. Written in two parts—the first in 1798 and the second in 1800—the novel offers a vivid and dynamic picture of life in 1790s Philadelphia. Arthur Mervyn is set amid the time of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 and engages the great psychological trauma caused by the disaster. And yet with the entirety of Part Two set after the fever has subsided, it also surveys the capital city’s fast-developing commercial economy and the greater social mobility it afforded; the substantial population growth as immigrants fled revolutions in Haiti and France; and the lives of free Blacks who had fled …

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Drexler, Michael, Lena Perminova. "Arthur Mervyn". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 September 2014
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