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"Fleetwood has long deserved a wider audience. Its pioneering explorations—of factory labour, of the role of manipulation in pedagogy, and of obsession and spousal abuse—show Godwin ranging beyond the questions of rationality and justice that marked his earlier works. Handwerk and Markley have provided a clear and thorough account of Godwin's career and intellectual milieu. Their introduction and their well-chosen supplementary materials demonstrate Godwin's contributions to debates about politics, marriage, the rights of women, education, and travel. The appearance of Fleetwood in this scholarly edition will help readers understand Godwin's formidable reputation for good and for evil among his contemporaries, and will invite a re-evaluation in our time of his power as a thinker and a novelist." — Jeanne Moskal,
Gary Handwerk, a professor at the
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William Godwin: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Preface to the First Edition (1805)
Fleetwood: or, The New Man of Feeling
Appendix A: Foundations of the Novel
1. William Godwin, Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on Morals and Happiness (1797)
i. "Of Political Imposture"
ii. "Of Cooperation, Cohabitation and Marriage"
2. William Godwin, The Enquirer: Reflections on Education, Manners and Literature in a Series of Essays (1797)
i. "Of Public and Private Education"
ii. "Of Deception and Frankness"
iii. "Of the Obtaining of Confidence"
iv. "Of Choice in
v. "Of Difference of Opinion"
3. Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
i. "The Prevailing Opinion Of A Sexual Character Discussed"
ii. "Observations On The State Of Degradation To Which Woman Is Reduced By Various Causes"
iii. "Animadversions On Some Of The Writers Who Have Rendered Women Objects Of Pity, Bordering On Contempt"
iv. "The Effect Which An Early Association Of Ideas Has Upon The Character"
v. "On National Education"
vi. "Some Instances Of The Folly Which The Ignorance of Women Generates; With Concluding Reflections On The Moral Improvement That A Revolution In Female Manners Might Naturally Be Expected To Produce"
Appendix B: The Influence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1. Julie, ou La Nouvelle Héloïse (1761), translated by Gary Handwerk.
2. Émile, or on Education (1762), translated by Grace Roosevelt.
Appendix C: The Novel of Sensibility
1. Laurence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey through
2. Henry Mackenzie, The Man of Feeling (1771)
3. Henry Mackenzie, Julia de Roubigné (1777)
Appendix D: The English Jacobin Novel and the
1. Elizabeth Inchbald, A Simple Story (1791)
2. Mary Wollstonecraft, The Wrongs of Woman: Or, Maria (1798)
3. Mary Hays, The Victim of Prejudice (1799)
Appendix E: The Resonance of Renaissance Drama
1. John Fletcher, A Wife for a Moneth (1624)
2. Thomas Otway, Don Carlos (1676)
Appendix F: The Lure of
1. William Coxe, Travels in
2. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley, History of a Six Weeks' Tour (1817)
Appendix G: Contemporary Reviews
1. Critical Review (April 1805)
2. Walter Scott,
3. The Anti-Jacobin Review and Magazine (August 1805)
4. British Critic (August 1805)
5. Monthly Review (January 1806)
6. European Magazine and
7. Review of the 1832 edition of Fleetwood, from the Examiner (December 1832)
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