Announcement: The Idler Review of The Letters of William Godwin


Pamela Clemit

Tom Hodgkinson has published the first review covering both Volumes I and II of The Letters of William Godwin, edited by Pamela Clemit, 6 vols. in progress (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011-).

In addition to the insights the volumes bring to Godwin’s life and works, Hodgkinson reports that the letters are full of ‘fascinating details about 18th and 19th century life. A wider picture emerges’ – a picture that is enriched by the ‘meticulous’ scholarly annotations.

godwin_crop1‘The two volumes of letters cover the period 1778-1805, and see Godwin’s star rise and fall, at least in terms of his public and financial success. Both volumes read like a thriller or a love story.’

Hodgkinson observes that Godwin was a towering figure in intellectual London in the late 18th and early 19th centuries who continues to offer inspiration for writers and thinkers today. Like the Idler Academy, Godwin ‘dreamed of a world…

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