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The Real Life of Mary Ann Evans: George Eliot, Her Letters and Fiction
     

The Real Life of Mary Ann Evans: George Eliot, Her Letters and Fiction

by Rosemarie Bodenheimer
 

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Mary Ann Evans, a learned schoolgirl who cherished little hope of growing up to become anyone at all, was at sixteen already writing the complex, 'masterful' sentences that her life of difficult feeling, ravenous reading, and evangelical piety stimulated in her.

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Mary Ann Evans, a learned schoolgirl who cherished little hope of growing up to become anyone at all, was at sixteen already writing the complex, 'masterful' sentences that her life of difficult feeling, ravenous reading, and evangelical piety stimulated in her.

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"The Real Life of Mary Ann Evans is a critical book in which Eliot's letters and novels become one unit. . . . Bodenheimer talks about very unusual topics."—Nina Auerbach, "Breakthrough Books in Victorian Studies," Lingua Franca

"An attentive reader of this book will never read George Eliot in the same way again."—George Eliot—George Henry Lewes Studies

"Alert to the carefully deployed, multiple masks that Mary Ann Evans chose to wear, but also capable of writing with genuine feeling of Eliot's actual and fictional labors of choice, Bodenheimer has managed to write that seemingly impossible thing, postmodern biography that a humanist can admire."—Boston Book Review

"A richly compelling portrait of nineteenth-century British writer George Eliot. . . . Rather than arranging her material in standard chronological fashion, Bodenheimer has elected to present her analysis via a series of critical issues that affected both the social and literary styles of George Eliot throughout the course of her life. A fascinating hybrid of literary criticism and biography."—Booklist

"Here we have the first full-scale study of George Eliot's correspondence. . . . Both the fictive nature of the letters and the autobiographical reality of fiction are well discussed in this very welcome book."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801481840
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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