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Caleb Williams by William Godwin


Caleb Williams by William Godwin

'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 false accusations 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 startlingly different manuscript ending, and selected variants in the second and third editions reflecting changes in Godwin's political and philosophical thinking. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


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

About the Author

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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Publication date

12th February 2009


William Godwin

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Oxford University Press


416 pages


Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Social & political philosophy
Political / legal thriller



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