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Publishers WeeklyDespite her "magnificently ugly, deliciously hideous" (in the words of Henry James) looks, George Eliot's love life was quite prosperous-enough so to become the basis of Maddox's compelling new book. Though interested in many men, Eliot nonetheless dryly defends herself: "In spite of what some caustic people say, I fall not in love with everyone." Dreading a life spent alone, Eliot meets George Henry Lewes, a small man "whose charm outshone his ugliness" (there seems to be a theme) and who would later be credited as the man "who gave the world George Eliot." While Lewes was the "love of her life," he-already married and with multiple children-was not the best suitor. Through extensive research, Maddox crafts an intimate look at Eliot's life through her romantic relationships, transporting readers to Victorian England and all the trappings-its exquisite literature, scandalous affairs, and maladies aplenty-in an occasionally plodding look at Eliot's life. Photos.
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