Featured edition: Letters of William Godwin – Pamela Clemit – OUP


What is a letter?

Northcote portrait - Godwin JPGDespite the more recent and rising popularity of digital editions, ‘old-fashioned’ scholarly editions of letter collections remain indispensable.

The Letters of William Godwin, General Editor Pamela Clemit, 6 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011–), is such an edition. It publishes for the first time all the letters of this significant social thinker, novelist, and philosopher of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries’.

The first volume (1778–1797) was published in 2011 (you can read the introduction here); publication of the second volume (1798–1805) is expected in 2014.

For more information on this project and to keep up to date with regard to its progress see READ (Research in English at Durham).

The image below shows part of a letter by William Godwin (Bod. MS Abinger c. 9, fol. 34v). Pamela Clemit writes: ‘this letter is to James Wollstonecraft, one of Mary Wollstonecraft’s brothers, who was in…

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