- Hardcover: 314 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (May 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405137053
- ISBN-13: 978-1405137058
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,513,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Life of George Eliot: A Critical Biography 1st Edition
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“…this learned, adventurous new biographer has changed the landscape of George Eliot studies.” (The George Eliot Review, 1 November 2012)
“Clean prose and relatively minimal endnotes make the book accessible to undergraduates. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” (Choice, 1 October 2012)
“Henry provides a useful reminder that that old-fashioned pejorative, adulteress, might have been applied to Eliot as well as to Agnes, and she provides a sensitive analysis of the novels in the light of that insight.” (The New Yorker, 6 August 2012)
“Driven neither by hero-worship or spite, Henry's "critical biography" demonstrates what treasure there is still to be found in even the most worked-over subjects. The trick is to ask the questions that everyone else assumed had been answered years ago.” (The Guardian, 2 June 2012)
“Such insights fill this book, which shows penetrating intelligence from first to last. Nancy Henry has managed, seamlessly but always with needed distinctions, to unite, in exacting interrelation and with edges sharp, George Eliot’s lived experience and imaginative experience.” (George Eliot-G.H. Lewes Studies, 1 September 2012)
“Nancy Henry’s new biography of George Eliot is truly a new biography of George Eliot. Henry writes with all thirty-seven of her predecessors in mind as she carefully selects the material that needs repeating, discarding, or modifying. Her massive bibliography results from her thorough research, something difficult to achieve with a figure like George Eliot about whom so much is written, but for which she has gained a reputation as a most conscientious–I would say the most conscientious--of George Eliot scholars.” —Kathleen McCormack, Florida International University
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But this is more than a simply re-telling of what is already known. Henry's approach to all George Eliot's work, (particularly her insightful reading of Impressions of Theophrastus Such), reveal previously unknown aspects of George Eliot's life and psychological make-up. With true generosity; Nancy Henry supplies that all elusive 'key' to discovering yet more about her subject. If the reader applies Henry's own approach and techniques, as demonstrated in her biography, to the novels; poetry and other work, yet more is available to be discovered about the novelist's personality and life.
On finishing reading this biography I was filled with desire to re-read George Eliot. Isn't that what literary biography is all about? Turning the mind of the reader to the work of the subject.
I highly reccommend this biography.