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Caleb Williams or Things As They Are

William Godwin (1756-1836)

1. Introduction and Prefaces
2. Volume the First – Chapter 01
3. Volume the First – Chapter 02
4. Volume the First – Chapter 03
5. Volume the First – Chapter 04
6. Volume the First – Chapter 05
7. Volume the First – Chapter 06
8. Volume the First – Chapter 07
9. Volume the First – Chapter 08
10. Volume the First – Chapter 09
11. Volume the First – Chapter 10
12. Volume the First – Chapter 11
13. Volume the First – Chapter 12
14. Volume the Second – Chapter 1
15. Volume the Second – Chapter 2
16. Volume the Second – Chapter 3
17. Volume the Second – Chapter 4
18. Volume the Second – Chapter 5
19. Volume the Second – Chapter 6
20. Volume the Second – Chapter 7
21. Volume the Second – Chapter 8
22. Volume the Second – Chapter 9
23. Volume the Second – Chapter 10
24. Volume the Second – Chapter 11
25. Volume the Second – Chapter 12
26. Volume the Second – Chapter 13
27. Volume the Second – Chapter 14
28. Volume the Third – Chapter 1
29. Volume the Third – Chapter 2
30. Volume the Third – Chapter 3
31. Volume the Third – Chapter 4
32. Volume the Third – Chapter 5
33. Volume the Third – Chapter 6
34. Volume the Third – Chapter 7
35. Volume the Third – Chapter 8
36. Volume the Third – Chapter 9
37. Volume the Third – Chapter 10
38. Volume the Third – Chapter 11
39. Volume the Third – Chapter 12
40. Volume the Third – Chapter 13
41. Volume the Third – Chapter 14
42. Volume the Third – Chapter 15
43. Volume the Third – Postscript

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Genres

Summary

The novel describes the downfall of Ferdinando Falkland, a British squire, and his attempts to ruin and destroy the life of Caleb Williams, a poor but ambitious young man that Falkland hires as his personal secretary. Caleb accidentally discovers a terrible secret in his master’s past. Though Caleb promises to be bound to silence, Falkland, irrationally attached (in Godwin’s view) to ideas of social status and inborn virtue, cannot bear that his servant should possibly have power over him, and sets out to use various means–unfair trials, imprisonment, pursuit, to make sure that the information of which Caleb is the bearer will never be revealed.Godwin described the book as “a series of adventures of flight and pursuit; the fugitive in perpetual apprehension of being overwhelmed with the worst calamities”, so that Caleb Williams can be classified as an early thriller or mystery novel.