Wieland, Brown's novel of authority misrepresented and authority imagined, is a terrifying account of the falliability of the human mind and, by extension, of democracy itself. Set in rural Pennsylvania in the years before the American Revolution, the book relates how a small community is disturbed by the intrusion of the mysterious Carwin, whose extraordinary verbal gifts cast doubt and dissension among them.
A terrifying account of the fallibility of the human mind and, by extension, of democracy itself, Wieland brilliantly reflects the psychological, social, and political concerns of the early American republic. In the fragmentary sequel,Memoirs, Brown explores Carwins bizarre history as a manipulated disciple of the charismatic utopian Ludloe.
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