On this day in 1756, author William Godwin was born. You might be asking yourself just who William Godwin is and why you should care. To begin with, Godwin was the writer of the first thriller,Things As They Are; Or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, which both Dickens and Poe greatly admired. Not too shabby. He also married legendary feminist write Mary Wollstonecraft and fathered Mary Godwin, who went on to writeFrankenstein under her married name, Mary Shelley. And to top things off, Godwin is considered to be the first modern proponent of Anarchism. An interesting man, to say the least!