1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Godwin

Anonymous, in Biographical Dictionary of Living Authors (1816) 131.



WILLIAM GODWIN, son of Mr. J. G. Minister of a congregation of Dissenters at Guestwick, Norfolk. He was educated at the Dissenter's College, at Hoxton, and in 1778 began to officiate as minister at Stowmarket, Suffolk, where he continued till 1782, when he laid aside the clerical character, removed to London, and determined to pursue literature as a profession. In 1797 he was united to the celebrated Mary Wollstonecraft, who died the same year. His second marriage took place in 1801. Some years since Mr. G. opened a bookseller's shop in Skinner-street, where he has ushered into the world many very useful works tending to facilitate the instruction of youth. Mr. G. is said to be the author of various publications to which he has not affixed his name; his avowed publications are [list omitted].