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

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 the Navy, and is dated 3–5 September 1805. (He died on 19 September 1805 so it is not clear whether he received this letter.) The full annotated text will appear in volume II.

Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford: MS Abinger c. 9, fol. 34v Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.

Further images of letters and other papers by Godwin can be found in the Bodleian Library’s Abinger Collection. It also contains correspondence of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and other letter writers.

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