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Edgar Huntly; or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker

Edgar Huntly; or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker

With Related Texts

Charles Brockden Brown
Edited, with an Introduction, by Philip Barnard and Stephen Shapiro

2006 - 320 pp.

Format ISBN Price Qty
Cloth 978-0-87220-854-4
$48.00
Paper 978-0-87220-853-7
$17.00
Examination 978-0-87220-853-7
$3.00

Quick Overview

"This is now the edition of choice for those of us who teach Brown's fascinating Edgar Huntly.  Barnard and Shapiro explore the relevant historical, cultural, and literary backgrounds in their illuminating Introduction; they skillfully annotate the text; they provide useful and up-to-date bibliographies; and they append a number of revealing primary texts for further cultural contextualization.  This edition will help to stimulate new thinking about race, empire, and sexuality in Brown's prescient novel of the American frontier."
     —Robert S. Levine, University of Maryland

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In addition to the definitive UVA text of Brown's seminal novel, this edition includes an introduction setting the work in its historical, literary, and intellectual contexts. Related texts include selections from William Godwin's Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793), Erasmus Darwin's Zoonomia; or, The Laws of Organic Life (1794), Benjamin Franklin's "A Narrative of the Late Massacres" (1764), and Thomas Barton's "The Conduct of the Paxton-Men" (1764), as well excerpts from Brown's own essays on somnambulism and the uses of history in fiction.

 

Reviews:

"This is now the edition of choice for those of us who teach Brown's fascinating Edgar Huntly.  Barnard and Shapiro explore the relevant historical, cultural, and literary backgrounds in their illuminating Introduction; they skillfully annotate the text; they provide useful and up-to-date bibliographies; and they append a number of revealing primary texts for further cultural contextualization.  This edition will help to stimulate new thinking about race, empire, and sexuality in Brown's prescient novel of the American frontier."
     —Robert S. Levine, University of Maryland

 

"The striking painting by a French artist on the cover of this American novel signals the editors' refreshing approach to Edgar Huntly through trans-Atlantic discourses of empire, radical-democratic social theory, sensibility, and sexuality. . . .This edition provides students with the tools to contextualize and analyze Edgar Huntly, including an extensive bibliography of relevant scholarship and footnotes that define unfamiliar words, give historical background, or refer the reader back to the introduction.  Barnard and Shapiro's selection of related texts from works including William Godwin's Political Justice and Brown's essays gives students insight on Edgar Huntly's sources."
     —Yvette Piggush, Journal of the Early Republic

 

Contents:

Acknowledgments; Introduction; A Note on the Text
Edgar Huntly; or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker

Related Texts:

  • A. William Godwin, excerpts from Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793)
  • B. Erasmus Darwin, excerpts from Zoönomia;or, The Laws of Organic Life (1794)
  • C. Benjamin Franklin, excerpts from "A Narrative of the Late Massacres" (1764)
  • D. Thomas Barton, excerpts from "The conduct of the Paxton-men, impartially represented . . . With some Remarks upon the Narrative of the Indian-massacre, lately publish'd" (1764)
  • E. The "Panther" Captivity Narrative (1787)
  • F. Charles Brocken Brown, Elihu Hubbard Smith, William Dunlap; Dossier on Sky-Walk (March–April 1798)
  • G. Charles Brocken Brown, excerpt from "On the Effects of Theatric Exhibitions" (April 1798)
  • H. Charles Brocken Brown, "Walstein's School of History. From the German of Krants of Gotha" (August–September 1799)
  • I. Charles Brocken Brown, "The Difference Between History and Romance" (April 1800)
  • J. Anonymous, excerpts from "The Traveler" (October 1803–January 1804)
  • K. Charles Brocken Brown, excerpt from "Memorandums Made on a Journey Through Part of Pennsylvania" (January 1804)
  • L. Charles Brocken Brown, "Romances" (January 1805)
  • M. Charles Brocken Brown, excerpt from "Terrific Novels" (April 1805)
  • N. Charles Brocken Brown, "Somnambulism. A fragment." (May 1805)

Bibliography and Works Cited

 

About the Authors:

Philip Barnard is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Kansas.

Stephen Shapiro is Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.