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Originally published in 1799, Ormond was inspired by enlightenment philosophers and Gothic writers.
Paperback, Broadview Literary Texts Series, 301 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Broadview Press (first published 1799)
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The title of this book should really be "Constance", as it follows all the trials she must go through in her life. A strong character, she never falls to self-pity but instead finds ways to improve her situation on her own terms. She doesn't rely on the men in her life to save her, but finds ways to save herself. It's amazing this book was written by a man so long ago, because of the positive independent female characters. The title character, Ormond, doesn't appear until nearly half way through ...more
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Written in 1799, this is a gothic tale that explores myriad social controversies in the intense political climate of the late eighteen century, most especially the role of women in society. The plot will keep your interest though the prose can be dense.
Jul 02, 2014 Laura marked it as to-read
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Not as great as his other stuff, but some amazing female protagonist!
Bad bad Ormond. Good good brown.
Mark Stephenson
Though the title character is very significant and well delineated, the heroine of this brilliant and touching novel is Constance Dudley - as told by her friend Sophia Westwyn. Set in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia of the 1790's and published in 1799, this recounts the fall into penury of the Dudley family victimized by a trusted employee who embezzles huge sums and leaves them with unpayable debts. Moving to Philadelphia, they endure the loss of their mother, a yellow fever epidemic, rig ...more
Auntie Pam
La vera protagonista di questa storia è Costantia. Una donna forte per quei tempi, che ha saputo reagire con forza e senso del dovere ad ogni ostacolo che la vita le ha posto di fronte. Nè la peste, nè la miseria hanno corrotto il suo carattere. Chi è in realtà Ormond? La vita di Costantia e quella di Ormond sono raccontate da un'amica di lei, che con un po' di romanticismo post rivoluzione riesce a tenere il lettore sempre attento.
I don't know if I'd call this my favorite of Brockden Brown's catalogue, but it's a fine one. If I had to pitch it to a contemporary audience, I'd call Ormond a late 18th-century slow-burning sapphic thriller. America's first novelist was into some dark shit. And women in trouble. Perhaps Charles Brockden Brown is an ancestor of David Lynch. That would actually explain a lot.
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Charles Brockden Brown (January 17, 1771 – February 22, 1810), an American novelist, historian, and editor of the Early National period, is generally regarded by scholars as the most ambitious and accomplished US novelist before James Fenimore Cooper. He is the most frequently studied and republished practitioner of the "early American novel," or the US novel between 1789 and roughly 1820. Althoug ...more
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