Caleb Williams

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BiblioBazaar, 2008 - Fiction - 428 pages
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He appears to be persecutor and I the persecuted: is not this difference the mere creature of the imagination?' Young Caleb is a guileless servant who enters the employment of the charismatic Ferdinando Falkland. Falkland, an apparently cosmopolitan and benevolent country squire, is subject to unexplained melancholy, and Caleb becomes convinced that he harbours a dark secret. His discovery of the truth leads to false accusations against him, and an unremitting and vengeful persecution as suspenseful as any thriller. The novel is also a powerful political allegory, inspired by Godwin's passionately held beliefs concerning social justice in the decade following the French Revolution. This new edition reproduces the original novel of 1794, which captures the raw indignation and injustice felt by victims of British law. It also includes the startlingly different manuscript ending, and selected variants from later editions reflecting changes in Godwin's philosophical thinking.

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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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Writer William Godwin was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire on March 3, 1756. He attended Hoxton Presbyterian College and became a minister. He left the ministry in 1787 in order to become a full-time writer. His best-known works are Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793) and The Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794). In 1797, he married feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft and they had a child who later became known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley the author of Frankenstein. He primarily wrote novels during his later years, including Mandeville (1817), Cloudesley (1830) and Deloraine (1833). He died on April 7, 1836.

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