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Caleb Williams

New Edition

William Godwin
Edited by Pamela Clemit

February 2009

ISBN: 9780199232062

416 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

Caleb Williams is a psychological thriller and suspenseful tale of detection and pursuit. It is also a powerful political novel, inspired by the events following the French Revolution. This new edition reprints the original novel of 1794, the grittier, topical text that reflects Godwin's political philosophy.

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Caleb Williams is a psychological thriller and suspenseful tale of detection and pursuit. It is also a powerful political novel, inspired by the events following the French Revolution. This new edition reprints the original novel of 1794, the grittier, topical text that reflects Godwin's political philosophy.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

William Godwin

Edited by Pamela Clemit, Professor of English, Queen Mary University of London

Reviews

"A breathtaking plot with twists and turns as the protagonist gets into trouble because of his curiosity" - Daily Express, Cathy Tyson

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