When honest young Caleb Williams comes to work as a secretary for Squire Falkland, he soon begins to suspect that his new master is hiding a terrible secret.
But as he digs deeper into Falkland's past and finally unearths the guilty truth, the results of his curiosity prove calamitous when - even though Caleb has loyally sworn never to disclose what he has discovered - the Squire enacts a cruel revenge. A tale of gripping suspense and psychological power, William Godwin's novel creates a searing depiction of the intolerable persecution meted out to a good man in pursuit of justice and equality. Written to expose the political oppression and corrupt hierarchies its author saw in the world around him, Caleb Williams makes a radical call to end the tyrannical misuses of power.
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We pride ourselves on offering prompt, reliable customer service and a no hassle return policy. Penguin Classics, Book condition: Softcover. Penguin Books, London: A novel of extraordinary power, the plot is like a suspense thriller. The book was both acclaimed and denounced when it first appeared.
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Didn't find what you're looking for? He is an important figure, though, both in the history of the novel and the history of ideas. Late eighteenth-century Britain, like its colony in North America and its neighbor across the Channel, was in foment over the proper role of the monarch and the aristocracy. Godwin, who had started adulthood as a member of the clergy, quickly changed his tune under the influence of the Enlightenment and the revolutions in America and France. He is now considered the first liberal or philosophical anarchist and Caleb Williams the first novel to overtly embrace a political ideology.