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William Godwin


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Frances Burney : Cecilia; or, Memoirs of an Heiress

'When he was writing ... "Things as They Are" (1794) ... [William] Godwin studied "Cecilia".'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: William Godwin      Print: Book


Lady Caroline Lamb : Graham Hamilton

'Thank you for being pleased with your visit and not displeased with Graham [Hamilton]'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Godwin      Manuscript: Unknown


various : lecture on 'The Influence of Government on the Character of the People'

'Even eight-year-old Willy [Godwin] went once in a while to hear his Papa [William Godwin]'s friend [S. T. Coleridge] speak [in London Philosophical Society lectures, 18 November 1811-27 January 1812], and by February he was giving weekly lectures a la Coleridge, reading from the little pulpit specially built for him a lecture written by one of the girls [Fanny Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Claire Clairmont]. [Aaron] Burr was much amused at one he heard on "The Influence of Governments on the Character of the People."' (From Marion Kingston Stocking's Introduction to Claire Clairmont's first journal).

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Godwin jr      Manuscript: Unknown


Thomas Moore : Life of Lord Byron

'I saw my Father today who is quite delighted with Mr Moore's book - indeed who is not? - He thinks the whole sets Lord Byron in the light he best deserves - Generous open hearted and kind - He particularly thinks beautiful the account of the first acquaintance between Lord Byron and Mr Moore' [Letter to John Murray]

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Godwin      Print: Book


Elizabeth Inchbald : Nature and Art

'[William] Godwin, no mean judge of a novel's excellence, could not help lamenting the fewness of [Elizabeth Inchbald's] productions. On reading the MS. of "Nature and Art," he wrote to her: "It seems to me that the drama puts shackles upon you, and that the compression it requires prevents your genius from expanding itself."'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: William Godwin      Manuscript: Unknown


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