Arthur Mervyn

Charles Brockden Brown

Arthur Mervyn is a novel written by Charles Brockden Brown and published in 1799. It was one of Brown's more popular novels, and is in many ways representative of Brown's dark, gothic style and subject matter. It is also recognised as one of the most influential works of American and Philadelphia Gothic literature. It started earlier as a serial in Philadelphia's Weekly Magazine of Original Essays, Fugitive Pieces, and Interesting Intelligence, but it was discontinued due to several factors, such as lack of enthusiasm and the editor's death from yellow fever. Hence, Brown decided to issue the book himself. The novel summons the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia between August-October 1793, resulting to chaotic situations.