Turner, Thomas


Thomas Turner admired the work of the philosopher William Godwin and visited him very frequently from 1803 onwards. In 1809 Godwin tried to put an end to Turner's visits, but in the end they agreed that Turner would come only on Sundays.

Through Godwin he met the Boinville family and he married their beautiful daughter Cornelia in 1812. Turner became a lawyer and was reasonably successful. He was able to return some services and advices to Godwin and for the rest of his life he saw him as his saviour and adopted father.

When Turner assisted the poet Shelley to get money from the Shelley estate, the poet had grave doubts about Turner's competence. Cornelia read Italian with Shelley, but when Shelley briefly fell in love with her they were quickly separated. In 1844 Cornelia left Turner and moved to Paris.

• Wife: Boinville, Cornelia (1812-)

Related persons
• visited Godwin, William
• knew Shelley, Percy Bysshe

• Feldman, Paula R. and Diana Scott-Kilvert, The Journals of Mary Shelley, 1814-1844, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1987
• St Clair, William, The Godwins and the Shelleys, Faber and Faber, London, 1990

Turnograjska, Josipina

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 08 Jul 2019