Person:William Godwin (15)

William Godwin
d.7 Apr 1836
m. 1748
  1. William Godwin1756 - 1836
  2. Richard Godwin1759 -
  3. Edward Godwin - 1779
  4. John Godwin - 1805
  5. Joseph Godwin - 1825
  6. Hannah Godwin - 1817
  7. Philip Hull Godwin - 1852
  8. Nathaniel Godwin - Aft 1827
  9. Conyers Jocelyn Godwin1761 -
m. 29 Mar 1797
  1. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin1797 - 1851
m. 21 Dec 1801
  1. William Godwin1803 - 1832
Facts and Events
Name[1] William Godwin
Gender Male
Birth[1][3] 3 Mar 1756 Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England
Marriage 29 Mar 1797 Camden, Middlesex, EnglandSt Pancras Parish Chapel
to Mary Wollstonecraft
Marriage Bond 23 Nov 1801 to Mary Jane Vial
Marriage 21 Dec 1801 Hackney, Middlesex, EnglandShoreditch St Leonard
to Mary Jane Vial
Alt Marriage 21 Dec 1801 Whitechapel, Middlesex, EnglandWhitechapel St Mary
to Mary Jane Vial
Death[1] 7 Apr 1836
Burial[2] 14 Apr 1836 Camden, Middlesex, EnglandSt Pancras
Reference Number[1] Q188569?

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William Godwin (3 March 1756 – 7 April 1836) was an English journalist, political philosopher and novelist. He is considered one of the first exponents of utilitarianism and the first modern proponent of anarchism. Godwin is most famous for two books that he published within the space of a year: An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, an attack on political institutions, and Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, an early mystery novel which attacks aristocratic privilege. Based on the success of both, Godwin featured prominently in the radical circles of London in the 1790s. He wrote prolifically in the genres of novels, history and demography throughout his lifetime.

In the conservative reaction to British radicalism, Godwin was attacked, in part because of his marriage to the pioneering feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft in 1797 and his candid biography of her after her death from childbirth. Their daughter, later known as Mary Shelley, would go on to write Frankenstein and marry the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. With his second wife, Mary Jane Clairmont, Godwin set up The Juvenile Library, allowing the family to write their own works for children (sometimes using noms de plume) and translate and publish many other books, some of enduring significance. Godwin has had considerable influence on British literature and literary culture.

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    William Godwin
  2. Parish Register.

    William Godwin, abode Whitehall, age 81 years

  3. Philp, Mark. "William Godwin", in Zalta, Edward N. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.