William Godwin

William Godwin

William Godwin (1756–1836) was one of the first exponents of utilitarianism and the first modern proponent of anarchism. He was not only a radical philosopher but a pioneer in libertarian education, a founder of communist economics, and an acute and powerful novelist whose literary family included his partner, pioneering feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, and his daughter Mary Godwin (later Mary Shelley), who would go on to write Frankenstein and marry the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.




William Godwin: Philosopher, Novelist, Revolutionary

William Godwin: Philosopher, Novelist, Revolutionary

SKU: 9781629635743
Author: Vyvian Raoul and Matt Bonner • Introduction by Josh MacPhee
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629635743
Published: 3/2019
Format: Paperback, ePub, PDF, mobi
Size: 5 x 7
Page count: 208
Subjects: Politics-Activism / Street Art



Praise

“The most comprehensive and richly detailed work yet to appear on Godwin as thinker, writer, and person.”
—John P. Clark, The Tragedy of Common Sense

“An ambitious study that offers a thorough exploration of Godwin’s life and complex times.”
Library Journal

“Marshall steers his course . . . with unfailing sensitivity and skill. It is hard to see how the task could have been better done.”
—Michael Foot, The Observer

“It brings back a thinker who was at once visionary and confident, and who had the good fortune to write when utopian ideas did not seem utopian.”
—David Bromwich, New York Times

“An absorbing biography . . . presenting a sympathetic portrait of a principled, embattled humanist. Peter Marshall describes these voluminous and multifaceted writings discerningly.”
—M.B. Freidman, Choice


Romantic Rationalist: A William Godwin Reader

Romantic Rationalist: A William Godwin Reader

SKU: 9781629635743
Author: Vyvian Raoul and Matt Bonner • Introduction by Josh MacPhee
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629635743
Published: 3/2019
Format: Paperback, ePub, PDF, mobi
Size: 5 x 7
Page count: 208
Subjects: Politics-Activism / Street Art



Praise

“Peter Marshall has produced the most useful modern account of Godwin’s life and now the most useful modern anthology of his writings. Marshall’s selection is sensible and valuable, bringing out the important points. . . . His introduction is a good summary of Godwin’s life and work. . . . Marshall is right to see him as ‘the most profound exponent of philosophical anarchism.’”
—Nicolas Walter, New Statesman

“A handsome and handy little book, excavating nuggets of Godwinian wisdom from the whole range of his writings.”
—Colin Ward, Times Educational Supplement

“An anarchist classic . . . with a valuable sketch of Godwin’s life and an interpretation of his work. Much of what Godwin says is obvious common sense.”
—Henry Geiger, Manas Journal

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