The Life of William Godwin

The Life of William Godwin

The Life of William Godwin

The Life of William Godwin

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In this biographical study of William Godwin extensive use has been made (by permission of Messrs. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.) of letters and documents printed in C. Kegan Paul William Godwin: His Friends and Contemporaries (2 vols., London, 1876). This kindly work is particularly valuable as a source-book, hence perhaps a little inadequate as a narrative; and it suffers from the obvious disadvantage of being written almost entirely from documents turned over to its author by the Shelley family. Many of these documents seem now to have disappeared, and of those known to exist many have been widely scattered. They have been used here whenever available.

It is a pleasure to acknowledge my indebtedness to Mr. W. T. Spencer, 27 New Oxford Street, London, for permission to make use of Shelley's cheques in his possession; to Mr. Roger Ingpen, for permission to quote from his excellent edition of Shelley's letters; to Mr. A. M. D. Hughes, of St. John's College, Oxford, for painstaking and valuable criticism; and especially to Professor Walter E. Peck, of Wesleyan University, Connecticut, who first called my attention to the Francis Place MSS., and to whom I am particularly indebted for much bibliographical information and scholarly advice.

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