William Godwin

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Standard Name: Godwin, William

Connections

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Dedications Mary Shelley
MS was the only one of the group to rise to Byron 's challenge by completing a ghost story, which she did almost a year later, on 14 May 1817.
Shelley, Mary. “Introduction”. Frankenstein, edited by David Lorne Macdonald and Kathleen Scherf, Broadview, 1994, pp. 11 -43.
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She dedicated the printed...
Employer Eliza Fenwick
EF , still writing and publishing little books for children, also ran the Juvenile Library (a bookshop) for William and Mary Jane Godwin .
Grundy, Isobel, and Eliza Fenwick. “Introduction and Appendices”. Secresy, 2ndnd ed, Broadview, 1998, pp. 7 - 34, 361.
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Family and Intimate relationships Charlotte Dacre
CD 's father was born Jacob Rey , a Portuguese Sephardic Jew in London. Tom Paine the radical later recalled that as a poor and friendless child in Ailiffe-Street, an obscure part of the...
Family and Intimate relationships Charlotte Dacre
Their topics were his bankruptcy some years before (which had brought the loss of his house and book collection, and a prison term) and his recent trial. He had been charged by two prostitutes with...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Shelley
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later Shelley) bore a son, whom she named William after her father .
Shelley, Mary. “Introduction”. Frankenstein, edited by David Lorne Macdonald and Kathleen Scherf, Broadview, 1994, pp. 11 -43.
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Family and Intimate relationships Harriet Lee
HL turned down a marriage proposal from William Godwin , recent widower of Mary Wollstonecraft .
Lee, Sophia. “Introduction”. The Recess, edited by April Alliston, University Press of Kentucky, 2000, p. ix - lii.
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Family and Intimate relationships Eliza Fenwick
William Godwin recorded in his diary the death of John Fenwick , estranged husband of EF (who was then living at New Haven, Connecticut).
Godwin, William. William Godwin’s Diary.
Family and Intimate relationships Eliza Fenwick
The date of EF 's marriage to John Fenwick is not known, though it seems that she was young at the time, still in her teens. He was nine years older, like her the child...
Family and Intimate relationships Eliza Fenwick
He took with him a presentation copy of Godwin 's newly-published Political Justice.
Grundy, Isobel, and Eliza Fenwick. “Introduction and Appendices”. Secresy, 2ndnd ed, Broadview, 1998, pp. 7 - 34, 361.
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The next year he published part one of a translation from French: Memoirs of General Dumourier, a military leader...
Family and Intimate relationships Eliza Fenwick
Coigly had been executed, on the flimsiest evidence, on 7 June. John Fenwick's book is Observations On the Trial of James Coigly, For High Treason: Together with an Account of his Death.
Grundy, Isobel, and Eliza Fenwick. “Introduction and Appendices”. Secresy, 2ndnd ed, Broadview, 1998, pp. 7 - 34, 361.
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Family and Intimate relationships Augusta Webster
AW 's maternal grandfather, Joseph Hume , was a translator of Dante , and a friend of Charles Lamb , William Hazlitt , and William Godwin .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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Family and Intimate relationships Mary Shelley
MS 's father, radical writer and philosopher William Godwin , remarried in 1801.
Hill-Miller, Katherine C. ’My Hideous Progeny’: Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the Father-Daughter Relationship. University of Delaware Press; Associated University Presses, 1995.
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Mellor, Anne K. Mary Shelley: Her Life, Her Fiction, Her Monsters. Routledge, 1988.
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Sunstein, Emily W. Mary Shelley: Romance and Reality. Little, Brown, 1989.
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His position as a thinker, renowned in radical circles, meant that his children grew up in...
Family and Intimate relationships Amelia Opie
Both Holcroft (who, four times married and widowed, was now fresh from being arrested for treason and discharged) and Godwin (while not yet a lover of Wollstonecraft) took a romantic or flirtatious as well as...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Wollstonecraft
MW made a move in her re-entry to London intellectual life by calling on her old friend William Godwin .
Tomalin, Claire. The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft. Penguin, 1992.
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Family and Intimate relationships Mary Shelley
On his death on 7 April 1836, Godwin left MS all his papers.
Shelley, Mary. “Introduction”. Lodore, edited by Lisa Vargo, Broadview, 1997, pp. 9 - 45.
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Out of delicacy she let Claire Clairmont's mother, Mary Jane Godwin, go through them first and select any that she wanted.
Conger, Syndy McMillen. “Multivocality in Mary Shelley’s Unfinished Memoirs of Her Father”. European Romantic Review, No. 3, pp. 303 - 22.
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Timeline

4 April 1788
At about the time that he lost his religious faith, William Godwin began keeping a diary, which he continued almost daily until 26 March 1836, only two weeks before he died.
7 February 1792
Thomas Holcroft , radical or Jacobin novelist and dramatist of working-class origins (father of another future writer, Fanny Holcroft ) published his novel Anna St Ives.
14 June 1792
The title of radical novelist Robert Bage 's anonymous Man As He Is, published this day, suggests the unpalatable truths revealed by reformers or satirists; it influenced later titles chosen by William Godwin and others.
February 1793
William Godwin published his Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, a radical text which was highly influential, not least for Godwin's future son-in-law Percy Bysshe Shelley .
8 May 1794
Godwin finished revising his postscript to Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams (published later that year), altering the emphasis given when he first finished the novel on 30 April 1794.
By July 1794
William Godwin published his best-known novel, Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams.
September 1794
Indictments against Thomas Hardy , John Horne Tooke , and John Thelwall argued that proposals radically to limit the power of the king should rank as treason.
6 October 1794
A London grand jury found twelve accused radicals guilty of high treason. Lord Chief Justice Eyre had delivered them the charge.
1798
Thomas Robert Malthus anonymously published in LondonAn Essay on the Principle of Population, which later attached his name to the birth control movement.
2 July 1798
The conservative Lady's Monthly Museum: or polite repository of amusement and instruction published its first number. Sometimes called The Ladies' Monthly Museum . . . it ran until the 1830s.
13 December 1800
William Godwin 's five-act versetragedyAntonio was performed for the first and last time at Drury Lane . It was rejected by the audience, not with hissing but with coughing.
By 25 October 1820
William Godwin published his Answer to Malthus, arguing that human beings were not increasing to the point of being unable to feed themselves.
November 2010
The voluminous diary kept by William Godwin (strictly a record of events, with little or no comment) became available to scholars on line, meticulously edited by Mark Philp and his collaborators.
Godwin, William. William Godwin’s Diary.