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William Godwin

Philosopher, Author (3-Mar-1756 — 30-Apr-1836)


Jean-Louis Boireau. William Godwin et le roman jacobin anglais: Théorie politique et pratique romanesque. Paris: H. Champion. 2002.

William D. Brewer. The Mental Anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 2001. 246pp.

Ford K. Brown. The Life of William Godwin. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. 1926. 387pp.

Julie Ann Carlson. England's First Family of Writers: Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Shelley. JHU Press. 2007. 328pp.

William St. Clair. The Godwins and the Shelleys: The Biography of a Family. Johns Hopkins University Press. 1991. 572pp.

John P. Clark. The Philosophical Anarchism of William Godwin. Princeton University Press. 1977. 343pp.

George Crowder. Classical Anarchism: The Political Thought of Godwin, Proudhon, Bakunin, and Kropotkin. Oxford University Press. 1991. 208pp.

Jean Detre. A Most Extraordinary Pair: Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. Garden City, NY: Doubleday. 1975. 328pp.

David Fleisher. William Godwin: A Study in Liberalism. George Allen & Unwin. 1951. 155pp.

Kenneth W. Graham. William Godwin Reviewed: A Reception History, 1783-1834. New York: AMS Press. 1999. 607pp.

Rosalie Glynn Grylls. William Godwin and His World. Oldham Press. 1953. 256pp.

Dudley Harbron. The Conscious Stone: The Life of Edward William Godwin. London: Latimer House. 1949. 190pp.

Katherine C. Hill-Miller. My Hideous Progeny: Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the Father-Daughter Relationship. University of Delaware Press. 1995. 249pp.

Don C. Locke. A Fantasy of Reason: The Life and Thought of William Godwin. London: Routledge, Kegan & Paul. 1980. 398pp.

Peter H. Marshall. William Godwin: Philosopher, Novelist, Revolutionary. Yale University Press. 1984. 498pp.

David Hector Monro. Godwin's Moral Philosophy: An Interpretation of William Godwin. Oxford University Press. 1953. 205pp.

S. Ramaswamy Mukherjee. William Godwin: His Thoughts and Works. New Delhi: Deep & Deep. 2002. 542pp.

Charles Kegan Paul. William Godwin: His Friends and Contemporaries. London: Henry S. King & Co.. 1876. (2 vols.) 387pp. + 340pp.

Burton Ralph Pollin. Education and Enlightenment in the Works of William Godwin. New York: Las Americas. 1962. 293pp.

Katherine Richardson Powers. The Influence of William Godwin on the Novels of Mary Shelley. Ayer Publishing. 1980. 155pp.

James A. Preu. The Dean and the Anarchist: Jonathan Swift and William Godwin. Haskell House Publishers. 1972. 124pp. Original edition in 1959.

Frederick Rosen. Progress and Democracy: William Godwin's Contribution to Political Philosophy. Garland. 1987.

Elton Edward Smith; Esther Greenwell Smith. William Godwin. Twayne. 1965. 173pp.

B. J. Tysdahl. William Godwin as Novelist. London: Athlone Press. 1981. 205pp.

Ralph M. Wardle (editor). Godwin and Mary: Letters of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. London: Constable and Company. 1967. 133pp.

George Woodcock. William Godwin: A Biographical Study. London: Porcupine Press. 1946. 266pp.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Wikipedia [link]

  4. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  5. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.599)

  6. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature (p.160)

  7. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.407)

  8. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.206)

  9. The Penguin Companion to English Literature (p.214)

  10. The Hutchinson Dictionary of Ideas (p.223)

  11. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.102)

  12. Makers of 19th Century Culture: 1800-1914 (p.189)

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