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About George Eliot
She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure her works would be taken seriously. Female authors were published under their own names during Eliot's life, but she wanted to escape the stereotype of women only writing lighthearted romances. She also wished to have her fiction judged separately from her already extensive and widely known work as an editor and critic. An additional factor in her use of a pen name may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny and to prevent scandals attending her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes, with whom she lived for over 20 years.
Her 1872 work Middlemarch has been described by Martin Amis and Julian Barnes as the greatest novel in the English language.
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Maggie Tulliver’s entire life has been spent in the shadow of Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss with her beloved older brother, Tom. But when their father meets an untimely death, the siblings’ singular bond is strained as Tom is forced to leave his studies and Maggie struggles to find a sense of belonging.
Maggie’s sharp intelligence and spirited nature have made her an oddity in the rural hamlet of St. Ogg’s, where such unique qualities are perceived as unbecoming for a woman. Her need for recognition and love eventually drives her to defy her brother, who casts her out of his house to survive on her own. Forced to grieve the losses of both their father and each other, the siblings will have to find it in their hearts to forgive in order to reconcile before tragedy strikes again.
Inspired by events in the life of the author, The Mill on the Floss is George Eliot’s most heartfelt novel and one of her most compelling and moving works.
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"What do I think of ‘Middlemarch’? What do I think of glory — except that in a few instances this 'mortal has already put on immortality.' George Eliot was one. The mysteries of human nature surpass the 'mysteries of redemption,' for the infinite we only suppose, while we see the finite." —Emily Dickinson
"‘Middlemarch’ is probably the greatest English novel." —Julian Barnes
"They've [women] produced the greatest writer in the English language ever, George Eliot, and arguably the third greatest, Jane Austen, and certainly the greatest novel, ‘Middlemarch’..." —Martin Amis
By the time the novel appeared to tremendous popular and critical acclaim in 1871-2, George Eliot was recognized as England's finest living novelist. It was her ambition to create a world and portray a whole community--tradespeople, middle classes, country gentry--in the rising provincial town of Middlemarch, circa 1830. Vast and crowded, rich in narrative irony and suspense, «Middlemarch» is richer still in character, in its sense of how individual destinies are shaped by and shape the community, and in the great art that enlarges the reader's sympathy and imagination. It is truly, as Virginia Woolf famously remarked, 'one of the few English novels written for grown-up people'.
The collection is sorted chronologically by book (or magazine) publication. There are the usual inline tables of contents and links after each text/chapter to get back to the respective tables. The dates of first publication are noted whenever available.
Scenes of Clerical Life. (1858): The Sad Fortunes of the Rev. Amos Barton, Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story, Janet’s Repentance.
Adam Bede. (1859)
The Lifted Veil. (1859)
The Mill on the Floss. (1860)
Silas Marner, the Weaver of Raveloe. (1861)
Brother Jacob. (1864)
Felix Holt, the Radical. (1866)
The Spanish Gypsy. (1868)
The Legend of Jubal, and Other Poems. (1874): The Legend of Jubal, Agatha, Armgart, How Lisa Loved the King, A Minor Prophet, Brother and Sister, Stradivarius, A College Breakfast-Party, Two Lovers, Self and Life, “Sweet Endings Come and Go, Love,” The Death of Moses, Arion, “O May I Join the Choir Invisible.”
Daniel Deronda. (1876)
Impressions of Theophrastus Such. (1879)
The Essays: From the Note-Book of an Eccentric, How to Avoid Disappointment, The Wisdom of the Child, A Little Fable with a Great Moral, Hints on Snubbing, Carlyle’s Life of Sterling, Margaret Fuller, Woman in France: Madame de Sablé, Three Months in Weimar, Evangelical Teaching: Dr. Cumming, German Wit: Henry Heine, The Natural History of German Life, Silly Novels by Lady Novelists, George Forster, Worldliness and Other-Worldliness: The Poet Young, The Influence of Rationalism, The Grammar of Ornament, Address to Working Men, by Felix Holt, Leaves from a Note-Book.
Miscellaneous Poems: On Being Called a Saint, Farewell, Sonnet, Question and Answer, “’Mid my Gold-Brown Curls,” “’Mid the Rich Store,” “As Tu Va la Lune se Lever,” In A London Drawing Room, Arms! To Arms!, Ex Oriente Lux, In the South, Will Ladislaw’s Song, Erinna, I Grant you Ample Leave, Mordecai’s Hebrew Verses, Count that Day Lost.
Silas Marner is a selfless member of a tight Calvinist sect who’s been framed for stealing the congregation’s funds. Expelled from his community, he retreats to the rustic hamlet of Raveloe to spend the remainder of his life as a misanthropic hermit, devoted only to the fortune he amasses as a linen weaver. But when his gold is taken, Silas also feels robbed of what’s left of his humanity. Then, one snowy New Year’s Eve, an orphan girl comes in out of the storm and changes him forever.
Drawn from Eliot’s empathy for the outsider, Silas Marner is the embodiment of her humanist perspective on redemption, kinship, and self-discovery.
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Revised edition: Previously published as Silas Marner, this edition of Silas Marner (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
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* UPDATED with entirely revised texts, formatting and many new images
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THE MILL ON THE FLOSS
FELIX HOLT THE RADICAL
The Shorter Fiction
SCENES OF CLERICAL LIFE
THE LIFTED VEIL
LIST OF POEMS
THE LIFE OF JESUS CRITICALLY EXAMINED by Dr. David Friedrich Strauss
THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIANITY by Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach
THREE MONTHS IN WEIMAR
IMPRESSIONS OF THEOPHRASTUS SUCH
GEORGE ELIOT: A CRITICAL STUDY OF HER LIFE, WRITINGS AND PHILOSOPHY by George Willis Cooke
THE ETHICS OF GEORGE ELIOT’S WORKS by John Morley
GEORGE ELIOT by Virginia Woolf
LETTER FROM EMILY DICKINSON TO FRANCES AND LOUISE NORCROSS
THE NOVELS OF GEORGE ELIOT by Henry James
DANIEL DERONDA: A CONVERSATION by Henry James
THE POETRY OF GEORGE ELIOT by Henry James
ON GEORGE ELIOT from The Quarterly Review
GEORGE ELIOT, HAWTHORNE, GOETHE, HEINE by William Dean Howells
GEORGE ELIOT by Richard Burton
GEORGE ELIOT by William Ernest Henley
GEORGE ELIOT by Frederic Harrison
“GEORGE ELIOT’S” ANALYSIS OF MOTIVES by Nathan Sheppard
GEORGE ELIOT’S HEROINES from The Spectator
GEORGE ELIOT’S LIFE AS RELATED IN HER LETTERS AND JOURNALS
GEORGE ELIOT by Mathilde Blind
THE LIFE OF GEORGE ELIOT by John Morley
GEORGE ELIOT by Sarah Knowles Bolton
GEORGE ELIOT by Hattie Tyng Griswold
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Searching for his life’s purpose, young Daniel Deronda is immediately attracted to the beautiful but shallow Gwendolen Harleth during a chance meeting at a casino. As they pursue separate journeys of self-discovery, culminating in Daniel’s discovery of his Jewish heritage, Daniel and Gwendolen reveal much about the depth of their characters and the circumstances that have influenced their lives.
Daniel Deronda was George Eliot’s final, and arguably most controversial, novel. Many readers questioned the author’s focus on Jewish characters and culture, and her criticism of their social position in England at that time. This criticism continued well into the twentieth century, when influential British literary critic F. R. Leavis re-released Daniel Deronda, excluding the sections focusing on the Jewish characters, and re-named it Gwendolen Harleth.
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Pretty Hetty Sorrel is loved by the village carpenter Adam Bede, but her head is turned by the attentions of the fickle young squire, Arthur Donnithorne. His dalliance with the dairymaid has unforeseen consequences that affect the lives of many in their small rural community. First published in 1859, Adam Bede carried its readers back sixty years to the lush countryside of Eliot's native Warwickshire, and a time of impending change for England and the wider world. Eliot's powerful
portrayal of the interaction of ordinary people brought a new social realism to the novel, in which humour and tragedy co-exist, and fellow-feeling is the mainstay of human relationships. Faith, in the figure of Methodist preacher Dinah Morris, offers redemption to all who are willing to embrace it.
This new edition is based on the definitive Clarendon edition and Eliot's corrected text of 1861.
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