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William Godwin (1756-1836), philosophical anarchist, novelist and intellectual, kept a diary from 1788 until a few weeks before his death. The diary has recently been transcribed and edited and is available on the web at: http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk. It offers a hugely detailed if deeply cryptic window on Godwin's literary life, his familial life (as the lover and then husband of Mary Wollstonecraft and the father of Mary Shelley), and his connections into an extraordinary range of literary, political, artistic and theatrical networks over nearly fifty years. Experts from Oxford University discuss the life and times of this famous 18th Century writer.

Judgement and Justice: The Life and Diary of William Godwin Oxford University

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William Godwin (1756-1836), philosophical anarchist, novelist and intellectual, kept a diary from 1788 until a few weeks before his death. The diary has recently been transcribed and edited and is available on the web at: http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk. It offers a hugely detailed if deeply cryptic window on Godwin's literary life, his familial life (as the lover and then husband of Mary Wollstonecraft and the father of Mary Shelley), and his connections into an extraordinary range of literary, political, artistic and theatrical networks over nearly fifty years. Experts from Oxford University discuss the life and times of this famous 18th Century writer.

    Introduction to William Godwin

    Introduction to William Godwin

    The first part in this series gives a biography of the writer William Godwin, exploring his background and the key points from his life. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 18 min
    Godwin's life and family

    Godwin's life and family

    A discussion of Godwin's relationships with unconventional women; and his 'Victorian' attitudes towards his daughter, Mary Shelley and his wife, Mary Wollstonecraft. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 16 min
    Godwin and Frankenstein

    Godwin and Frankenstein

    How far did Godwin have an impact on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) and what does it tell us about how she thought about his principles, and his life. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 8 min
    Godwin and his friends

    Godwin and his friends

    A discussion about the social aspects of the life of the writer William Godwin- how he interacted with his friends and how he was seen by his peers. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 17 min
    Godwin and his historical context

    Godwin and his historical context

    A discussion of the historical period in which William Godwin was writing and the social and political pressures that he was working under at the time. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 23 min
    Godwin and London in the 1820s

    Godwin and London in the 1820s

    A discussion of religious dissent, the development of a secular education at London University in the 1820s, and Godwin's own lifelong concern with education. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 9 min

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