The Adventures of Caleb Williams by William Godwin

Things as They Are; or The Adventures of Caleb Williams (often abbreviated to Caleb Williams) (1794) by William Godwin is a three-volume novel written as a call to end the abuse of power by what Godwin saw as a tyrannical government. Intended as a popularisation of the ideas presented in his 1793 treatise Political Justice Godwin uses Caleb Williams to show how legal and other institutions can and do destroy individuals, even when the people the justice system touches are innocent of any crime. This reality, in Godwin's mind, was therefore a description of "things as they are." The original manuscript included a preface that was removed from publication, because its content alarmed booksellers of the time.

The 1220th greatest fiction book of all time


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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Adventures Of Caleb Williams Paperback 19479220 $4.89 $24.30 2006
The Adventures of Caleb Williams Paperback 13937220 $12.49 $13.71 2016
The Adventures of Caleb Williams: Or, Things as They are Hardcover 16775492 $39.99 $5.95 2008
Things as They Are; or The Adventures of Caleb Williams Paperback 2663242 $9.99 $27.80 2017
Things as they are: Or, The adventures of Caleb Williams. Paperback 9420448 $22.99 1816
The Adventures Of Caleb Williams Paperback 14184142 $9.99 2006
Things as They are, or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams: 2 Paperback 4695788 $16.95 $23.19 2018
Things as They Are, or the Adventures of Caleb Williams, Vol. 3 of 3 (Classic Reprint) Paperback 11071297 $8.40 2017
Things as They Are; or The Adventures of Caleb Williams (Illustrator) Kindle Edition 2336917 2017