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William Godwin

William GodwinBorn: 3-Mar-1756
Birthplace: Knowe's Acre, Wisbeach, North Cambridgeshire, England
Died: 30-Apr-1836
Location of death: London, England [1]
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Old Saint Pancras Churchyard, London, England, next to Mary Wollstonecraft

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Philosopher, Author

Nationality: England
Executive summary: An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice

William Godwin was best known in the 1790s for his Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793). Its accompanying novel Caleb Williams (1794) is considered one of the first detective novels, though it is written more a fable retelling the problems outlined in Political Justice. Toward the end of his life, Godwin faded from the public eye, though in the early 1800s he served as a mentor to poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and most notably Percy Bysshe Shelley, until Shelley eloped with his daughter, Mary Shelley.

[1] Whitehall Yard, Westminster, London, England.

Father: John Godwin (dissenting minister, b. 1723, d. 12-Nov-1772)
Mother: Anne (b. circa 1723, d. 1809)
Mary Wollstonecraft (d. 9-Sep.1797, complications from childbirth)
Daughter: Mary Shelley (b. 30-Aug-1797, d. 1-Feb-1851)
Wife: Mary Jane Clairmont

    Theological: Hoxton Dissenting Academy (1778)

Author of books:
An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793)
Things As They Are, or The Adventures of Caleb Williams (May-1794)

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