George Eliot: Her Mind and Her Art

George Eliot: Her Mind and Her Art

by Joan Bennett


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Mrs Bennett finds in George Eliot's work the beginnings of certain modern developments of the novel, notably her respect for unity of design, her interest in the complexity of human personality and experience and beneath a contemporary naturalism, a feeling towards symbolic presentation. Some of the moral problems implicit in the character-studies and situations best the minds of the best of her contemporaries: some are still relevant. And an awareness of moral problems - a novelist's acceptance of novel-writing as a serious and responsible job - is now characteristic of the best modern fiction. The first three chapters of Bennett's book are biographical and deal chiefly with the formative years. The remaining eight, after defining in general George Eliot's qualities as a novelist, discuss the novels one by one and illustrate the deeper aspects of their author's outlook.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521091749
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/01/1948
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; The facts; Part I. The Formative Years: Intellectual and Emotional Development: 1. Before the move to Coventry; 2. Coventry; 3. London; Part II. The Novels: 4. Vision and design; 5. Adam Bede; 6. The Mill on the Floss; 7. Silas Marner; 8. Romola; 9. Felix Holt; 10. Middlemarch; 11. Daniel Deronda; List of books referred to in the text; Index.

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