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Published: 12 February 2009

416 Pages


ISBN: 9780199232062

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Caleb Williams

New Edition

William Godwin
Edited by Pamela Clemit

Oxford World's Classics

  • Caleb Williams is a dark and compelling novel of paranoia and persecution, a pychological thriller with a powerful political message.
  • This is the first paperback edition to reproduce the first edition (1794), restoring the original, highly topical novel with a political purpose, writen during the political crisis of 1793-4 when the British government clamped down on the burgeoning reform movement.
  • The comprehensive Introduction by Pamela Clemit outlines the novel's contemporary reception, its historical and literary contexts, and the two endings of the novel.
  • Includes three appendices highlighting Caleb Williams as a 'text on the move': the original manuscript ending; selected variants between the second and third editions; Godwin's prefatory materials.
  • New, up-to-date Bibliography and Explanatory Notes.

New to this Edition:

  • The first edition 1794 text replaces the previous edition's eclectic text
  • New Introduction and up-to-date Bibliography
  • Appendix of Selected Variants between the second and third editions
  • Appendix of Godwin's prefatory materials