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George Eliot : a life

Author: Rosemary Ashton
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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There were other women writers in the nineteenth century, but Eliot alone left the family circle to follow her own devices at a time when unmarried women generally kept house for others. What is more, she moved in unconventional and Bohemian circles. Her long and loving relationship with the previously married G.H. Lewes scandalized even her closest friends. She was generally admired but shunned socially, except by
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George Eliot; George Eliot
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rosemary Ashton
ISBN: 0713991941 9780713991949
OCLC Number: 36389313
Description: xiv, 465 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Warwickshire childhood 1819-41 --
ch. 2. Coventry, rebellion, and the Life of Jesus 1841-6 --
ch. 3. Father's illness and death; interlude in Geneva 1847-50 --
ch. 4. Marian Evans in London: 143 Strand 1851 --
ch. 5. Life with Lewes: Weimar and Berlin 1854 --
ch. 6. Strong-minded woman of the Westminster Review 1855-6 --
ch. 7. Birth of George Eliot: scenes of clerical life 1856-7 --
ch. 8. Provincial life revisited: Adam Bede 1858-9 --
ch. 9. More provincial life: the Mill on the floss 1859-60 --
ch. 10. Realism and romance: Silas Marner and Romola 1861-3 --
ch. 11. Politics and poetry: Felix Holt and the Spanish Gypsy 1864-8 --
ch. 12. Writing Middlemarch 1869-72 --
ch. 13. New departure: Daniel Deronda 1873-6 --
ch. 14. Last years 1877-80.
Responsibility: Rosemary Ashton.

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There were other women writers in the nineteenth century, but Eliot alone left the family circle to follow her own devices at a time when unmarried women generally kept house for others. What is more, she moved in unconventional and Bohemian circles. Her long and loving relationship with the previously married G.H. Lewes scandalized even her closest friends. She was generally admired but shunned socially, except by the boldest radicals and feminists. Rosemary Ashton.

Examines Adam Bede, Silas Marner, The Mill on the Floss, Felix Holt and the unsurpassed Middlemarch, which all explore the tension between the urge to conform and the imperatives of both the heart and the mind - a paradox which is reflected in George Eliot's life. This magnificent biography is a detailed examination of the life and the writing of George Eliot. Rosemary Ashton illuminates our understanding of both and reveals the choices and originality of a most.

Remarkable woman.

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