Ormond; or, the Secret Witness

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Ormond; Or, The Secret Witness is a 1799 political and social novel by American writer Charles Brockden Brown. The novel thematically focuses on the ways in which individuals change in reaction to their social environments.[1] The novel follows a female protagonist Constantia and her relationship with the mysterious Ormond, who is also the title character.[2] The novel thoroughly explores the republicanism and republican values common to the early American nation.[3] The novel was originally published in three volumes.


  1. ^ Charles Brockden Brown (2009) [1799]. "Introduction". In Philip Barnard; Stephen Shapiro (eds.). Ormond; or, the Secret Witness With Related Texts. Hackett Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60384-125-2.
  2. ^ Christophersen, Bill (1980-04-01). "Charles Brockden Brown's "Ormond": The Secret Witness as Ironic Motif". Modern Language Studies. 10 (2): 37–41. doi:10.2307/3194242. ISSN 0047-7729. JSTOR 3194242.
  3. ^ Drexler, Michael J.; White, Ed (2009). "Secret Witness; or, the Fantasy Structure of Republicanism". Early American Literature. 44 (2): 333–363. doi:10.1353/eal.0.0066. ISSN 1534-147X.

Further reading[edit]

  • Brown, Charles Brockden (2009-11-15). Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland, Ormond, Arthur Mervyn, and Edgar Huntly: with Related Texts: A Four-Volume Set. Hackett Publishing. ISBN 9781624662034.

External links[edit]

Project Gutenberg[edit]

  • Volume One at Project Gutenberg