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George Eliot : the last Victorian

Author: Kathryn Hughes
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Farrar, Straus, and Giroux edView all editions and formats
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"George Eliot's extraordinary life, which produced some of the nineteenth-century's finest fiction, is explored in Kathryn Hughes' new biography. The daughter of a self-made businessman of impeccable respectability, the middle-aged Eliot was cast into social exile when she began a scandalous liaison with the married writer and scientist George Henry Lewes. Only her burgeoning literary success allowed her to overcome
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George Eliot; George Eliot; George Eliot
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn Hughes
ISBN: 0374161380 9780374161385
OCLC Number: 39765527
Notes: "First published in 1998 by Fourth Estate, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
Description: xiii, 383 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 'Dear old Griff': early years 1819-28 --
'On being called a saint': an evangelical girlhood 1828-40 --
'The Holy War: Coventry 1840-1 --
'I fall not in love with everyone': The Rosehill years 1841-9 --
'The land of duty and affection': Coventry, Geneva and London 1849-51 --
'The most important means of enlightenment': life at The Westminster Review 1851-2 --
'A man of heart and conscience': meeting Mr. Lewes 1852-4 --
'I don't think she is mad': exile 1854-6 --
'The breath of cows and the scent of hay': scenes of clerical life and Adam Bede 1856-9 --
'A companion picture of provincial life': The mill on the Floss 1859-60 --
'Pure, natural human relations': Silas Marner and Romola 1860-3 --
'The bent of my mind is conservative': Felix Holt and The Spanish Gypsy 1864-8 --
'Wise, witty and tender sayings': Middlemarch 1869-72 --
'Full of the world': Daniel Deronda 1873-6 --
'A deep sense of change within': death, love, death 1876-80.
Responsibility: Kathryn Hughes.

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"George Eliot's extraordinary life, which produced some of the nineteenth-century's finest fiction, is explored in Kathryn Hughes' new biography. The daughter of a self-made businessman of impeccable respectability, the middle-aged Eliot was cast into social exile when she began a scandalous liaison with the married writer and scientist George Henry Lewes. Only her burgeoning literary success allowed her to overcome society's disapproval and eventually take her proper place at the heart of London's literary elite. The territory of her novels comprised nothing less than the entire span of Victorian society.

Although years of rigorous reading had given Eliot an unparalleled understanding of the intellectual debates of her day, she preferred to champion a pragmatic middle ground, where idealism is tempered by love, habit, and history."--Jacket.

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