The Idler Godwin Project: Walking with the Romantics

Across 2015, The Idler is publishing extracts from the first two volumes of The Letters of William Godwin, edited by Pamela Clemit, 6 vols. in progress (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011-), together with short pieces on his anarchistic philosophy and its relevance to our own times.

Pamela Clemit continues the series with a post on walking with Godwin and the Romantics.


Travelling on foot had a subversive edge in the age of the French Revolution. The educated classes aspired to the slow life and took to the road. … Meditative walking fed the needs that bodily effort out of doors can satisfy in those not compelled to do it for a living.

Read the full post at The Idler.

To read my other contributions to The Godwin Project, click here; and here. To read Tom Hodgkinson’s review of The Letters of William Godwin, Volumes I and II, click here.