The Life of George Eliot A Critical Biography

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-05-07
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Eliots conviction that the best history of a writer is contained in his writings is more than a wise and quotable saying. The separation of biographical studies from literary interpretation has inevitably led to distortions and misinterpretations of her work. With chronologically ordered chapters, this book addresses the themes, events and situation that structured Eliots life.

Author Biography

Nancy Henry is Professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is the author of George Eliot and the British Empire (2002), the Cambridge Introduction to George Eliot (2008), and co-editor of Victorian Investments: New Perspectives on Finance and Culture (2009).

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1. The History of a Writer: George Eliot and Biographies

2. Early Years (1819-1849)

3. London and George Lewes (1850-54)

4. Marian Lewes and George Eliot (1855-59)

5. Silas Marner and Romola (1860-64)

6. Felix Holt, the Radical and The Spanish Gypsy (1865-69)

7. Middlemarch (1870-72)

8. Daniel Deronda (1873-76)

9. Impressions of Theophrastus Such (1877-78)

10. The Final Years: 1879 to Cross's Life

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