George Eliot in Love

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George Eliot is one of the most celebrated novelists in history. Her books, including Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda, and Adam Bede, are as appreciated now as they were in the nineteenth century. Yet her nonconformist and captivating personal life—a compelling story in itself—is not well known. Ridiculed as an ugly duckling, Eliot violated strict social codes by living with a married man for most of her adult life. Soon after he died, she married a much younger man who attempted suicide during their honeymoon. The ...

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Overview

George Eliot is one of the most celebrated novelists in history. Her books, including Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda, and Adam Bede, are as appreciated now as they were in the nineteenth century. Yet her nonconformist and captivating personal life—a compelling story in itself—is not well known. Ridiculed as an ugly duckling, Eliot violated strict social codes by living with a married man for most of her adult life. Soon after he died, she married a much younger man who attempted suicide during their honeymoon. The obstacles Eliot overcame in her life informed her work and have made her legacy an enduring one.

Brenda Maddox brings her lively style to bear on the intersection of Eliot’s life and novels. She delves into the human side of this larger-than-life figure, revealing the pleasure and pain behind the intellectual’s public face. The result is a deeply personal biography that sheds new light on a woman who lived life on her own terms and altered the literary landscape in the process. 

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Despite 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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"[A] jaunty sketch of Eliot's life."—The Guardian

“Here, we get a clear and absorbing sense of Eliot, not as public intellectual or thinker, but as a human being, silly, on occasion, like us.”—Telegraph

"This brief life is lively, compressed, fluent, sympathetic, and well-written."—The George Eliot Review

"George Eliot in Love by Brenda Maddox will prove thoroughly enjoyable to those who have read her novels and open the door to new readers with this deeply personal biography of a woman who lived on her own terms and altered the literary landscape in the process."-Bookviews.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230105188
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.94 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Maddox

Brenda Maddox is an award-winning author and journalist. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Observer, The Times, and New Statesman. Her book Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA won the Los Angeles Times Science Book Award for 2002 and her book D. H. Lawrence: The Married Man won the Whitbread Biography Prize. Her book Nora was made into a film starring Ewan McGregor. She lives in London and Wales.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter One Father's Little Wench (1819-1832) 3

Chapter Two A Saint, Perhaps? (1832-1841) 13

Chapter Three Coventry Awakening (1841-1849) 23

Chapter Four Herself Alone (1849-1851) 41

Chapter Five Working Journalist (1851-1852) 51

Chapter Six Falling in Love Again---and Again (1852-1854) 61

Chapter Seven An Ideal Husband (1854-1856) 73

Chapter Eight House of Two Georges (1857-1859) 87

Chapter Nine Finding Gold (1859-1863) 107

Chapter Ten The Prioress (1863-1869) 125

Chapter Eleven Masterpiece (1869-1872) 145

Chapter Twelve Reaching the Heights (1872-1878) 165

Chapter Thirteen Near-Death in Venice (1879-1880) 189

Chapter Fourteen Keeper of the Flame (1880-1884) 211

Bibliographical Note 223

Notes 225

Index 229

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

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    <i>George Eliot in Love</i> is one of those books that you could read over and over again and not get bored. I love that George didn't live by society's standards. She was true to herself and that in itself is a great achievement. She's a strong, powerful woman who you can't help but love. Read this book, the writing is phenomenal!

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