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1. William Godwin (1756-1836): Sa
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2. William Godwin (1756-1836) (French
 
3. Caleb Williams, or, Things as
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4. William Godwin, 1756-1836 (French
 
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5. William Godwin, 1756-1836, Sa
 
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6. Life of Geoffrey Chaucer, the
 
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7. Life of Geoffrey Chaucer, the
 
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8. Life of Geoffrey Chaucer, the
 
9. La Razon Libertaria: William Godwin
 
10. Essays; never before published
 
11. Tabart's collection of popular
 
12. Essays
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13. The Godwins and the Shelleys:
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14. Caleb Williams (Oxford World's
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15. Caleb Williams (Penguin Classics)
 
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16. William Godwin Reviewed: A Reception
 
17. "My Hideous Progeny": Mary Shelley,
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18. St. Leon (Oxford World's Classics)
 
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19. The Politics of Narrative: Ideology
 
20. The Philosophical Anarchism of

1. William Godwin (1756-1836): Sa Vie, Ses Oeuvres Principales, La "Justice Politique" (French Edition)
by Raymond Gourg
Paperback: 352 Pages (2010-03-03)
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


2. William Godwin (1756-1836) (French Edition)
by Henri Roussin
Paperback: 366 Pages (2010-03-24)
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


3. Caleb Williams, or, Things as they are / William Godwin
by William (1756-1836) Godwin
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4. William Godwin, 1756-1836 (French Edition)
by Henri Roussin
Paperback: 358 Pages (2010-08-27)
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5. William Godwin, 1756-1836, Sa Vie, Ses Oeuvres Principales; La "justice Politique" (French Edition)
by Gourg Raymond
 Paperback: 344 Pages (2010-10-15)
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6. Life of Geoffrey Chaucer, the early English poet: including memoirs of his near friend and kinsman, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster: with sketches of ... in the fourteenth century Volume v. 2
by Godwin William 1756-1836
 Paperback: 532 Pages (2010-10-13)
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7. Life of Geoffrey Chaucer, the early English poet: including memoirs of his near friend and kinsman, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster: with sketches of ... in the fourteenth century Volume v. 3
by Godwin William 1756-1836
 Paperback: 448 Pages (2010-10-13)
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8. Life of Geoffrey Chaucer, the early English poet: including memoirs of his near friend and kinsman, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster: with sketches of ... in the fourteenth century Volume v. 1
by Godwin William 1756-1836
 Paperback: 572 Pages (2010-10-13)
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9. La Razon Libertaria: William Godwin (1756-1836) (Spanish Edition)
by Raquel Sanchez Garcia
 Hardcover: 4 Pages (2007-01)

Isbn: 8486864712
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10. Essays; never before published
by William, 1756-1836 Godwin
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

Asin: B003O507YW
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11. Tabart's collection of popular stories for the nursery : from the French, Italian, and old English writers
by William, 1756-1836 Godwin
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

Asin: B003O6PV60
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12. Essays
by William, 1756-1836 Godwin
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13. The Godwins and the Shelleys: A Biography of a Family
by William St Clair
Paperback: 600 Pages (1991-06-01)
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Asin: 0801842336
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Much more than the biography of a family. It is in large measure the biography of an era . . . The reader comes away with the feeling that he has witnessed a panorama of intellectual history which transcends the records of individual failures and weaknesses. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Misleading title, excellent research
If you come to William St. Clair's "The Godwins and the Shelleys: A Biography of a Family" expecting, well, the biography of a family, you will be disappointed. This 600 page tome is mostly the biography of philosopher/novelist William Godwin, the political radical who married Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of feminism, and adopted her out-of-wedlock daughter Fanny. When Mary died in childbirth, William raised their daughter Mary, who later wrote "Frankenstein" and married the poet/philosopher Percy Shelley. A remarriage brought Claire Clairmont, Mary's stepsister, into the household; she later formed a liason with Lord Byron which resulted in the birth of their daughter Allegra.

With famous poets, radical philosophers, and the birth of science fiction as a genre in the mix, one would expect a heady story of literary experiment, brilliant writing, and daringly unconventional lifestyles. What we get is 600 pages of exhaustive research on the political milieu of England at the end of the Enlightenment, of in-depth discussion of the birth of philosophical anarchism (not to be confused with anarchy), and a dreary catalog of the poverty and cold-hearted tactlessness of William Godwin. Godwin, far from being the obscure philosopher he is today, is in this book the author of a host of troubles, mostly brought about by his rigid adherence to principle over reality. When his beloved wife Mary Wollstonecraft died, Godwin published her private letters and memoirs, to the scandal of all England. For the rest of their lives, her daughters would be known as the children of that scandalous advocate of free love, born or conceived out of marriage, raised by unprincipled atheists.

We can lay at least two suicides at the door of William Godwin's unyielding adherence to truth in the very teeth of the most hypocritical age of British culture. It was all very well for a man of independent means to evince principles that ran counter to the prevailing social norms, but Godwin neither knew nor cared that public espousal of those principles damned his daughters forever in the eyes of the world. St. Claire ruthlessly exposes the cruel and unfair reception of Godwin's ideas, his stubborn refusal to back down, his hypocritical "retractations" when poverty forced him to demand--not beg--money from rich men. Believing that money belonged to whoever needed it most, and that gratitude was evidence of false principle, Godwin nagged rich men for money and then carefully did not thank them for it. St. Clair neatly encapsulates Godwin's essential personality in a few pithy observations:

"Godwin's weaknesses were also his strengths. The stubbornness, the irrepressible persistence, the lofty disdain for commercial values, the proud air of certainty in his own genius, the arrogrant presumption that he stood outside events and would be judged against higher standards all enabled him to withstand anxieties which would have overwhelmed others."

When his most devoted disciple, Shelley, ran off with Mary and Claire and lived openly in accord with Godwin's famous principles of truth and free love, Godwin cut off all social contact--while continuing to dun Shelley for money. St. Clair's genius is that he can show us this inexcusable (by most standards) behavior as Godwin would see it; we are allowed into the head of a man who had no heart. St. Clair at times seems to be discreetly mocking his subject, but at all times he is scrupulous in documenting every nuance of Godwin's ever-changing and self-serving philosophy.

My only complaint with this book was that it gives extremely short shrift to those on whom Godwin had the most impact. His family's early history is given in detail, mostly because they lived with Godwin and therefore his history is their history. But once Mary, Claire and then Fanny are out of Godwin's house, they rate only a few paragraphs here and there. The famous literary party in Geneva in 1816, where Shelley met Byron, Mary wrote "Frankenstein", and Byron's doctor John Polidori wrote "The Vampyre", is almost completely ignored. Instead, we get endless minutiae on the due dates and amounts of Godwin's debts.

It is difficult to write a biography of an unpleasant person. Godwin was not a likeable or an admirable man personally, whatever one thinks of his reformist, radical politics. It is especially difficult, in an age whose values are determined by the middle class, to understand an age where the middle class barely existed, let alone set the tone of social and political discourse. St. Claire overcomes both of these obstacles with ease, while contributing some interesting new research into the sex lives of Godwin and his first wife, Mary Wollstonecraft. This is the definitive biography not just of a man, but of the transition from the Enlightenment, with its emphasis on cold reason, to the Romantic age, with its passionate commitment to sensation. The head wars with the heart throughout this book, and as St. Clair shows us, Godwin's allegiance all his days was to the head. The result is a cold-blooded, but clear-eyed, look at a radical past. ... Read more


14. Caleb Williams (Oxford World's Classics)
by William Godwin
Paperback: 384 Pages (2009-03-15)
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In William Godwin's dark psychological novel of paranoia and persecution, the eponymous hero is a guileless young servant who enters the employment of Ferdinando Falkland, a cosmopolitan and benevolent country gentleman. Falkland is subject to fits of unexplained melancholy, and Caleb becomes convinced that he harbors a dark secret. His discovery of the truth leads to false accusations against him, and a vengeful pursuit as suspenseful as any thriller.The novel is also a powerful political allegory, inspired by the events of the decade following the French Revolution. This is the first paperback edition to reproduce the first edition (1794), restoring the original, highly topical novel written during the political crisis of 1793-4 when the British government clamped down on the burgeoning reform movement. The edition is further enhanced byPamela Clemit's comprehensive introduction outlining the novel's contemporary reception, its historical and literary contexts, and its alternate endings; three appendices highlighting selected variants between the second and third editions; Godwin's prefatory materials; and new up-to-date bibliography and explanatory notes. ... Read more


15. Caleb Williams (Penguin Classics)
by William Godwin
Paperback: 448 Pages (2005-08-30)
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Asin: 0141441232
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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When honest young Caleb Williams comes to work as a secretary for Squire Falkland, he soon begins to suspect that his new master is hiding a secret. As he digs deeper into Falkland’s past and finally unearths the horrible truth, the results of his curiosity prove calamitous when—even though Caleb has loyally sworn never to disclose what he has discovered—the Squire enacts a cruel revenge. A tale of gripping suspense and psychological power, William Godwin’s novel creates a searing depiction of the intolerable persecution meted out to a good man in pursuit of justice and equality. Written to expose the political oppression and corrupt hierarchies its author saw in the world around him, Caleb Williams makes a radical call to end the tyrannical misuses of power. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Classic psycological thriller
Caleb Williams is a much overlooked novel these days, though when reading it, it's impossible not to see it's influence on modern crime drama--especially the "innocent acused" motif.Aside from that obvious influence, the novel as well as the author went on to influence a wide range of writers, from classic Vitorian novelists to the modern thriller writer (even if some weren't aware of it).But influence alone is not always a good reason to read something.
One word I've heard quite often to describe this story is "fierce."It's a good term for not only the story, but the concept Godwin was trying to express.Justice is a fierce thing, but no where near as fierce as injustice; and that's truly what this story is driven by: injustice.Mr. Falkland evades justice and Caleb cannot seem to find it.Caleb becomes a criminal, hunted for a crime he did not commit.
But Caleb Williams is a few things beyond the basic plot, which one can read directly from Amazon.It is a psycological novel.Throughout the story we are inside the mind of Caleb, and it is a stunning picture he paints of himself and of others.But I for one couldn't help but question the honesty of that picture.Even in the first Volume when he is recounting the early life of Mr. Falkland, we cannot be sure that there isn't something Caleb neglected to tell us or something he purposely changed.For that, the novel is a perfect study for anyone looking for unreliable narrators.Also, the novel is philosophical.Thoroughout we are feed lines about justice, humanity, and other morals the author wants to convey.This should be little of a problem for most people, considering the things Godwin is propogating are almost universaly considered proper today.
I do have one complaint about the book, which is this: Godwin is too wordy in his style.I love novels from this period, so I'm used to their general style, but Godwin's style is more akin to a philosophical essay than a novel.It can be disracting, and often I would go from completely enthralled to completely bored in the middle of a paragraph.This is the most notable in the first volume, but the story picks up heavy pace in the second, with a few lulls.By the time the third volume begins, it becomes very hard to put down until the end.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Exploration of Crime and Punishment
The real question is who committed the crime and who is being punished. This novel is proof to the old saying that the more things change the more they stay the same. The powerful bring down the less powerful then as now. This strongly written novel should be mandatory reading, particularly those interested in writers such as Poe and Dickens. Godwin had great influence on their later writings and was instrumental in the evolution of modern day mysteries and detective stories.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into, but very satisfying
This is another of my text books, and one I found almost impossible to finish. Don't get me wrong, the tale itself is exceedingly compelling. I guess I should try to explain my feelings about this book, which were powerful. Maybe it comes from being an American, and a liberal one at that, or maybe it's in my blood, as my mother says, but I have an over-developed sense of justice, or right and wrong. I cannot tolerate the idea of one person abusing their power to oppress another person. The very thing sickens me to an alarming extent. While reading about the outrageous persecution of poor Caleb, and the willful blindness of the people around him, I actually had a strong desire to punch the book, to literally punch it. I wept with frustration as I witnessed the injustices that the poor young man was made to suffer, and I almost gave up on it completely (while risking a bad grade in my English Romantic Literature class) because I felt that it was ruining my peace of mind.

In terms of the basics, this book has well-developed characters, evocative settings, and the story reads at a furious pace. Many people have reacted in a similar way to this book, and I believe that is the intention of its author. Godwin wanted people to react to this book because he wanted to change the statusquo . Although this book upset me greatly, I have to allow that it did its job. I believe this book is valuable, not only as a piece of great literature, but also as a reminder of the inequalities that still exist in our society today, and of what millions of people suffered at the hands of everyday tyrants not that long ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars Man is the only common foe of man
This novel is a forceful combination of political / social / judicial criticism, thriller elements and a powerful investigation into the real nature of man.

Politically, the author castigates the chasm between what one ought to do and reality: `We that are rich must do every thing in our power to lighten the yoke of these unfortunate people. We must not use the advantage that accident has given us with an unmerciful hand.' Nevertheless, `wealth and despotism easily know how to engage those laws as the coadjutor of their oppression, which were perhaps at first intended for the safeguards of the poor.'
Justice is totally biased: `Mr. Falkland is a man of rank and fortune; he is your master. I am a poor country lad without a friend in the world. That is a ground of real difference ...but it is not a sufficient ground for the subversion of justice.'
But, `law has neither eyes, nor ears, nor bowels of humanity; and it turns into marble the hearts of all those that are nursed in its principle.'
Socially, the system is fundamentally corrupt, a synonym for `tyranny and perfidiousness exercised by the powerful members of the community against those who were less privileged than themselves.'

Godwin's vision of the world is pessimistic: `Accursed world! that hates without a cause' that overwhelms innocence with calamities which ought to be spared even to guilt! Accursed world! dead to every manly sympathy; with eyes of horn, and hearts of steel!'
His picture of fundamental human selfishness, of pure evil and of despotic and resentful emotions and actions is impressive. He is baffled by man's `hero'worship: `Man is surely a strange sort of creature, who never praise any one more heartily than him who has spread destruction and ruin over the face of nature.'
He sees however one bright spot: freedom of the mind: `The mind is master of itself; and is endowed with powers that might enable to laugh at the tyrant's vigilance.'

The novel has one minus point: its final with an ultimate reversal in the psychological warfare. It seems incredible and improbable (a destruction by suspicion).
However, it is a very compelling read, a real discovery.

Not to be missed.
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16. William Godwin Reviewed: A Reception History 1783-1834 (Ams Studies in the Nineteenth Century)
by Kenneth W. Graham
 Hardcover: 588 Pages (1999-12)
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17. "My Hideous Progeny": Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the Father-Daughter Relationship
by Katherine C. Hill-Miller
 Hardcover: 249 Pages (1995-03)
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18. St. Leon (Oxford World's Classics)
by William Godwin
Paperback: 528 Pages (1994-06-23)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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St. Leon, William Godwin's second novel, is a work of challenging ambition. Set during the Protestant Reformation, it tells the harrowing tale of an exiled French aristocrat who is given the secrets of the philosopher's stone and the elixer of life. His attempts to use these gifts to benefit humanity lead only to disaster, plunging him into self-destructive isoloation and arousing fascination, suspicion, and social unrest wherever he goes. It is a tale of obsession and spiralling pursuit, emphasizing the individual's powerlessness in the face of momentous historical change. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Gothic
Loved this Gothic tale of an alchemist who invents a way to live for ever, then later realizes it is a curse.Lots of dark castles in Eastern Europe, Spain and other "mysterious" places with references to real people and events from the 16th to the 18th centuries.Good writing, clever unpredicatble plot.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Godwin's Best, But Good Enough
William Godwin's 1799 novel, "St. Leon," builds on themes he and patterns he established in his first novel "Caleb Williams".Godwin's first concern, as always, is the way that the operations of government affect the individual.Godwin complicates the scenario of persecution, pursuit, and paranoia he worked with in "Caleb Williams" by giving his hero, Reginald St. Leon, a wife and children.Godwin goes deep into human psychology to explore how the vicissitudes of human fortune affect not only one man, but how his responses to the world affect everyone around him.

The novel begins in the early 1520's, at the very beginnings of the Protestant Reformation.The anti-hero is Reginald St. Leon, a landed aristocrat, building his name in war and society.As a youth, he develops an unfortunate penchant for gambling which places his family's fortune and his legacy in severe straits.His friend and advisor, a gentleman by the name of de Damville, offers his daughter to St. Leon.De Damville trusts that by settling down with a prudent young lady like Marguerite, he will abandon his wanton lifestyle and become the man that his noble house expects....

One day, St. Leon is approached by an old man who takes him into confidence, promising St. Leon a way to recuperate his fortune, on the condition that he tells no one what passes between them.Offered the ultimate prizes of alchemy, the philosopher's stone and the elixir of immortality, St. Leon is sworn to silence, alienating him further from his wife and family.The next three volumes of the novel show the catastrophic aftermath of St. Leon's new gifts.St. Leon wanders all over Europe, abandoning his family, trying to use his unlimited wealth to benefit mankind.His experiments are ill-conceived, though, and he ends up, like his predecessor Caleb Williams, a complete outcast to humanity, hated by his family, pursued by the Spanish Inquisition, and imprisoned by the Hungarian Turks.

More psychologically complex than "Caleb Williams," "St. Leon" gives us a broad range of characters, male and female, who are each affected by their contact with St. Leon.We are exposed by Godwin, in a time when nations measured themselves as good by the supposed evil of other nations, to a kind of social relativism.In France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Hungary, Godwin gives us, not only St. Leon's perspective, but forces us to consider 16th (and by reflection 18th) century international relations from the vantage point of each.

However, this diffusion and variety that contributes to the complexity of the novel, socially, politically, and psychologically, also detracts from the overall effect of the novel upon the reader.Where "Caleb Williams" drives straight through in a constant state of panic and terror, "St. Leon" has a looser structure, and as a result, moves much slower, and does not captivate or enthrall as the earlier novel does.Overall, "St. Leon" is an extremely interesting novel, and should appeal to fans of psychological gothic and historical novels. ... Read more


19. The Politics of Narrative: Ideology and Social Change in William Godwin's Caleb Williams (Ams Studies in the Eighteenth Century)
by Kenneth W. Graham
 Hardcover: 226 Pages (1990-12)
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20. The Philosophical Anarchism of William Godwin
by John P. Clark
 Hardcover: 343 Pages (1977-06)
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Isbn: 0691072175
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