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"St Leon" (1799), Godwin's second novel, is a work of challenging ambition. Like his first, "Caleb Williams" (1794), it is a confessional tale of obsession and spiralling pursuit. In "St Leon" the emphasis is on the individual's powerlessness in the face of momentous historical change. Set during the Protestant Reformation, the novel tells the harrowing tale of an exiled French aristocrat who is given the secrets of the philosopher's stone and the elixir of life. His attempts to use these gifts to benefit humanity lead only to disaster. Plunged into self-destructive isolation, he wanders through the centres of European religious controversy, arousing fascination, suspicion, and social unrest wherever he goes. The text of this paperback edition is based on the Bentley's Standard Novels edition of 1831.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0192828339
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # S-0192828339