Date of Award

Summer 1938

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




An investigation of the relationship between Godwin and Wordsworth will have to do primarily with the expressed opinions of each of the two men. For that reason, in the development of this thesis, principal effort was expended on a careful and, in the main, independent examination of the literary productions of each writer. The writings themselves, rather than a voluminous bibliography, furnish the most satisfying source and the most efficient tool for the study here undertaken. The discussion would be incomplete, however, if it were not to take cognizance of the causal factors that contributed, directly or indirectly, to the relationship which resulted in parallelism of thought and expression in the two men. It is here that several of Wordsworth's biographers have rendered valuable service. The fruits of their investigations could not be ignored in this essay, which is indebted especially to the splendid factual and interpretative material offered by Ernest de Selincourt, Huch I'Anson Fausset, Herbert Read, and Emile Legouis. For a convenient survey of the similarity in thought and expression of Godwin and Wordsworth, a summary of parallels has been submitted in the appendix on page 123.