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Famous for her powerful and popular fiction, George Eliot was also a remarkable critic, translator, and editor. This volume presents Eliot's views on science, religion, positivism, feminism, and politics, as well as her literary critical work on a range of authors and forms, including Tennyson, Browning, Goethe, Heine, German historical criticism of the Bible, classical drama, and popular contemporary novels. Most of the pieces in this volume were written before Eliot began to write fiction in 1856. They are a ...

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Overview

Famous for her powerful and popular fiction, George Eliot was also a remarkable critic, translator, and editor. This volume presents Eliot's views on science, religion, positivism, feminism, and politics, as well as her literary critical work on a range of authors and forms, including Tennyson, Browning, Goethe, Heine, German historical criticism of the Bible, classical drama, and popular contemporary novels. Most of the pieces in this volume were written before Eliot began to write fiction in 1856. They are a vivid representation of the analogical mind, the wit, and the sympathy which also characterize the narrators of her novels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192838070
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/18/2000
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology
From the Translation of David Friedrich Strauss's The Life of Jesus (Introduction: Criteria by which to Distinguish the Unhistorical in the Gospel Narrative) 3
Letter to Charles Bray (21 October 1846) 11
J. A. Froude's The Nemesis of Faith 15
R. W. Mackay's The Progress of the Intellect 18
Woman in France: Madame de Sable 37
From the Translation of Feuerbach's The Essence of Christianity (Concluding Application) 69
From the Translation of Spinoza's Ethics (On the Power of the Intellect, or, on Human Liberty) 75
Liszt, Wagner and Weimar 82
Charles Kingsley's Westward Ho! 110
Geraldine Jewsbury's Constance Herbert 119
Lord Brougham's Literature 123
The Morality of Wilhelm Meister 129
The Future of German Philosophy 133
Evangelical Teaching: Dr. Cumming 138
Tennyson's Maud 171
Margaret Fuller and Mary Wollstonecraft 180
Thomas Carlyle 187
German Wit: Heinrich Heine 193
Robert Browning's Men and Women 234
The Antigone and Its Moral 243
John Ruskin's Modern Painters, Vol. III 247
The Natural History of German Life 260
Silly Novels by Lady Novelists 296
How I Came to Write Fiction 322
From 'The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton' (Chapter 5) 326
From Adam Bede (Book II, Chapter 17) 328
A Word for the Germans 333
Address to Working Men by Felix Holt 338
Notes on Form in Art 355
Explanatory Notes 360
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