Charles Brockden Brown January 17, — February 22, was an American novelist, historian, and editor of the Early National period. He is generally regarded by scholars as the most important American novelist before James Fenimore Cooper. He is the most frequently studied and republished practitioner of the "early American novel," or the U. Although Brown was not the first American novelist, as some early criticism claimed, the breadth and complexity of his achievement as a writer in multiple genres novels, short stories , essays and periodical writings , poetry, historiography , and reviews makes him a crucial figure in U.
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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley | Biography, Books, Frankenstein, Parents, & Facts | Britannica
Mary Shelley, the author of the legendary Frankenstein, was no commonplace nineteen-year-old teenager. In a matter of way, she was a literary novice in her own respect, right from childhood. Being the daughter to the thinker, novelist and publisher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, she basked amongst literary elite right from her early days. It started one stormy night at the residence of Lord Byron where a group of contemporary literati were assembled. Mary Shelly was also visiting, accompanied by her childhood sweetheart and poet Percy Shelley. During this stay, the weather outside played havoc and storms followed forcing the group to seek indoor activities.
A novel is a relatively long work of narrative fiction , typically written in prose and published as a book. The present English word for a long work of prose fiction derives from the Italian : novella for "new", "news", or "short story of something new", itself from the Latin : novella , a singular noun use of the neuter plural of novellus , diminutive of novus , meaning "new". Some novelists, including Nathaniel Hawthorne ,  Herman Melville ,  Ann Radcliffe ,  John Cowper Powys ,  preferred the term "romance" to describe their novels. According to Margaret Doody , the novel has "a continuous and comprehensive history of about two thousand years", with its origins in the Ancient Greek and Roman novel , in Chivalric romance , and in the tradition of the Italian renaissance novella. Abrams and Walter Scott , have argued that a novel is a fiction narrative that displays a realistic depiction of the state of a society, while the romance encompasses any fictitious narrative that emphasizes marvellous or uncommon incidents.
Mary Wollestonecraft Godwin Shelley was born on August 30, in London, England to philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollestonecraft; both her parents were noted writers in the s. Her father's most famous book was Political Justice , which is a critical look at society and the ethical treatment of the masses. Godwin's other popular book Caleb Williams examines class distinctions and the misuse of power by the ruling aristocracy. Mary Wollestonecraft, her mother, was a leading feminist writer who espoused her views in her famous work A Vindication of the Rights of Women They married in to protect the rights of the forthcoming child.