William Godwin

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Yale University Press, 1984 - 497 pages
William Godwin-husband of Mary Wollstonecraft, father of Mary Shelley, friend of Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and mentor of Wordsworth, Southey, and Shelley-has been recently recognized as an original moral and revolutionary thinker and a novelist of great skill, a man whose influence was far wider than is usually assumed. In a new biography of this flamboyant and fascinating character, Marshall places Godwin in his social, political, and historical context, traces the development of his ideas, and critically analyzes his works. Marshall steers his course.with unfailing sensitivity and skill. It is hard to see how the task could have been better done.-Michael Foot, The Observer An ambitious study that offers a thorough exploration of Godwin's life and complex times.-Linda Simon, Library Journal

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Contents

Introduction
1
Childhood
7
Norwich
17
Hoxton Academy
32
The Ministry
46
London
56
The French Revolution
77
Political Justice
93
St Godwin
195
Reaction
211
Dramatic Interludes
234
New Beginnings
247
The Juvenile Library
266
The Shelley Circle
293
The Fallen Eagle
315
Conclusion
389

Political Justice Triumphant
118
Terror was the Order of the Day
144
Political Justice Revisited
155
The Most Odious of All Monopolies
172
Abbreviations
409
Select Bibliography
450
Index
469
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