Caleb Williams

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Broadview Press, Sep 14, 2000 - Fiction - 573 pages
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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


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Gary Handwerk is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. A.A. Markley is an Assistant Professor of English at Penn State University, Delaware County. Both have written extensively on Romantic literature, and have edited the Broadview edition of Godwin's Fleetwood.