Announcement: The Idler Review of The Letters of William Godwin

Pamela Clemit

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

In addition to the insights the volumes bring to Godwin’s life and works, Hodgkinson observes 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 reports 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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