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Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams
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Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams

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Author: William Godwin
Publisher: Original English publication, 1794
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Genre: Horror
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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 secret. As he digs deeper into Falkland's past and finally unearths the horrible 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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