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Published: 13 November 2014

472 Pages | Frontispiece and 10 black-and-white halftones


ISBN: 9780199562626

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The Letters of William Godwin

Volume II: 1798-1805

Edited by Pamela Clemit

  • Publishes for the first time all the letters of this significant social thinker, novelist, and philosopher of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries
  • Includes scores of texts transcribed from original manuscripts and given scholarly annotation for the first time
  • Covers a major period of transition in Godwin's life and thought, from the decline in his public reputation and break-up of his social circle at the end of the 1790s to the development of new friendships, intellectual and commercial ventures, and his energizing second marriage to Mary Jane Clairmont
  • Sheds light on many literary, political, and artistic figures of the times (e.g. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Holcroft, Elizabeth Inchbald, John Philip Kemble, James Northcote); provides insight into the publishing circles and radical social networks of the period
  • Reflects the cultural history of an extended Romantic era