Caleb Williams

Paperback | March 12, 2009

byWilliam GodwinEditorPamela Clemit

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'He appears to be persecutor and I the persecuted: is not this difference the mere creature of the imagination?' Caleb 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 harbours a dark secret. His discovery of the truth leads to falseaccusations 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 new edition reproduces the original novel of 1794, which captures the raw indignation and sense of injustice felt by victims of British law. It includes the startlinglydifferent manuscript ending, and selected variants from the second and third editions reflecting changes in Godwin's political and philosophical thinking.

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'He appears to be persecutor and I the persecuted: is not this difference the mere creature of the imagination?' Caleb 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 ...

Pamela Clemit has previously edited Godwin's St Leon for OWC and is the editor of a multi-volume forthcoming edition of Godwin's Letters for OUP. She is also contributing to the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the French Revolution, 1789-1800.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:March 12, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199232067

ISBN - 13:9780199232062

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