Caleb Williams

Caleb Williams

eBook - 2004
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This novel is about Caleb Williams, a self-taught young man who has risen to the honorable post of secretary to Falkland, a local Squire known for his kindness. Caleb is puzzled by Falkland's peculiar behavior and begins a quiet study of his employer's past. He searches a room he was warned against entering and discovers evidence proving Falkland guilty of a murder for which another man was hanged. Caleb is then forced to flee Falkland's vengeance, and his flight intensifies a powerful revelation of the inequities of Britain's political and social system in the 1790's. Caleb's fall from him promising career with a decent and honorable intellectual casts him into the criminal element as Falkland continues his pursuit. Caleb maintains his innocence to the false accusations of burglary thrown at him. After he is finally vindicated of these charges, he insists on his guilt because he feels unable to bear the reproach he brings upon Falkland. The story is endlessly complex and...
Publisher: Sioux Falls : NuVision Publications, 2004
ISBN: 9781595474063

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Sep 08, 2014

"No one ever began 'Caleb Williams' that did not read it through. No one that ever read it could possibly forget it."-William Hazlitt
William Godwin was married to pioneering feminist Mary Wolsstonecraft, who wrote "A Vindication of the Rights of Women," and the father of "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley. A novelist and political radical, he influenced Shelley and the Romantics, Dickens, and American Romantic authors like Hawthorne and Poe. His most famous novel combines the Gothic thriller with the political novel, spinning a tale that is both suspenseful and a statement about freedom, liberty, wealth, and power. If you read one 18th century novel this year, make it this one.


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