William Godwin was one of the most popular novelists of the Romantic era; P.B. Shelley praised him, Byron drew heavily on his narrative style, and Mary Shelley, Godwin’s daughter, dedicated Frankenstein to him.
Caleb Williams is the riveting account of a young man whose curiosity leads him to pry into a murder from the past. The first novel of crime and detection in English literature, Caleb Williams is also a powerful exposť of the evils and inequities of the political and social system in 1790s Britain.
In addition to the text itself, the editors have included an extensive selection of primary source materials from the period, ranging from Godwin’s original manuscript ending and excerpts from his political writings to contemporary reviews, the political writings of Burke and Paine, and materials on criminals and the English prison system.
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Godwin was referred to as the "Infernal Quixote" in his time, because he was an atheistic and quasi-anarchistic idealist. (This makes me think that we, as a culture, need to work on our nicknames. The ... Read full review
The Composition of the Novel
VOLUME THE SECOND
VOLUME THE THIRD
R Bentley 1832
3 Godwins Account of the Novels Aims from the British Critic 6 July 1795 9495
Pickering Chatto 1993
The Foundations of the Novel Godwins Political Philosophy and England in the 1790s
ii From Thomas Paine Rights of Man 1791
2 From William Godwin Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness 1793
3 From William Godwin Enquiry Concerning Political Justice 1796
4 From Godwins Correspondence
Criminal Lives and the State of the Prisons
2 From John Howard The State of the Prisons 1777
Literary Influences Crime and Pursuit Narratives and Scenes of Confrontation
2 From The History of Madamoiselle de St Phale Giving a Full Account of The Miraculous Conversion of a Noble French Lady And her Daughter to...
3 From Daniel Defoe The History and Remarkable Life of the Truly Honourable Col Jacque Commonly Called Col Jack 1722
4 From Samuel Richardson Pamela Or Virtue Rewarded 174041
5 From Thomas Holcroft Anna St Ives 1792
The Influence of Caleb Williams
or Maria Posthumous Works London 1798
7 From William Hazlitt The Spirit of the Age 1825