The Life of George Eliot: A Critical Biography

The Life of George Eliot: A Critical Biography

by Nancy Henry


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The Life of George Eliot: A Critical Biography by Nancy Henry

The life story of the Victorian novelist George Eliot is asdramatic and complex as her best plots. This new assessment of herlife and work combines recent biographical research withpenetrating literary criticism, resulting in revealing newinterpretations of her literary work.

  • A fresh look at George Eliot's captivating life story
  • Includes original new analysis of her writing
  • Deploys the latest biographical research
  • Combines literary criticism with biographical narrative tooffer a rounded perspective

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118917671
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Series: Wiley Blackwell Critical Biographies Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Nancy Henry is Professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is the author of George Eliot and the British Empire (2002), and The Cambridge Introduction to George Eliot (2008), and co-editor of Victorian Investments: New Perspectives on Finance and Culture (2009). She is also the recipient of a 2014/15 NEH Fellowship.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

List of Abbreviations xiii

1 The History of a Writer: George Eliot and Biographies 1

2 Early Years: 1819–50 22

3 London and Lewes: 1850–4 64

4 Marian Lewes and George Eliot: 1855–60 95

5 Silas Marner and Romola: 1860–4 120

6 Felix Holt and The Spanish Gypsy: 1865–9 153

7 Middlemarch: 1870–2 181

8 Daniel Deronda: 1873–6 207

9 Impressions of Theophrastus Such: 1877–9 235

10 The Final Years: 1879 to Cross’s Life 255

Bibliography 271

Index 287

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“…this learned, adventurous new biographer haschanged the landscape of George Eliot studies.” (TheGeorge Eliot Review, 1 November 2012)

“Driven neither by hero-worship or spite, Henry's"critical biography" demonstrates what treasure there is still tobe found in even the most worked-over subjects. The trick is to askthe questions that everyone else assumed had been answered yearsago.” (The Guardian, 2 June 2012)

“Henry provides a useful reminder that that old-fashionedpejorative, adulteress, might have been applied to Eliot as well asto Agnes, and she provides a sensitive analysis of the novels inthe light of that insight.” (The New Yorker, 6August 2012)

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