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Leighton Pugh brings us Sartor Resartus, a masterpiece of 19th-century literature by Thomas Carlyle. Often compared to Tristram Shandy, it is – on the surface – a British editor’s sceptical account of a German philosopher’s book, Clothes: Their Origin and Influence, but within it Carlyle explores wider truths, which emerge through metaphor, comedic commentary, and quite dazzling prose. We also have Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland, an early American novel, read by Laurel Lefkow. Set in 1760s Pennsylvania, the story is based on a real case of a New York farmer who murdered his family. It is imbued with suspense and intrigue, adopting Gothic devices such as ventriloquism and spontaneous combustion.
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