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Arthur Mervyn by Charles Brockden Brown
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Read 2 times. Last read January 1, 1991.

My review of Wieland says more about what I think about Brown's work. I wrote my dissertation on his novels. Arthur Mervyn is the strangest of them--and that is saying something! Mervyn--the character-- is truly a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma. Is he an innocent? A fool? A trickster? It is a puzzle whose pieces will never all come together. Set during a plague year, the book is also a frightening and enlightening look at human behavior in the face of terror. As in Wieland, the book questions whether we can ever have a solid foundation on which to build trust in one another and in the reality we (think) we experience.

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