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Adam Bede

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'Our deeds carry their terrible consequences...consequences that are hardly ever confined to ourselves.'

Pretty Hetty Sorrel is loved by the village carpenter Adam Bede, but her head is turned by the attentions of the fickle young squire, Arthur Donnithorne. His dalliance with the dairymaid has unforeseen consequences that affect the lives of many in their small rural community. First published in 1859, Adam Bede carried its readers back sixty years to the lush countryside of Eliot's native Warwickshire, and a time of impending change for England and the wider world. Eliot's powerful
portrayal of the interaction of ordinary people brought a new social realism to the novel, in which humour and tragedy co-exist, and fellow-feeling is the mainstay of human relationships. Faith, in the figure of Methodist preacher Dinah Morris, offers redemption to all who are willing to embrace it.

This new edition is based on the definitive Clarendon edition and Eliot's corrected text of 1861.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 26mm | 408g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised Edition
  • 0199203474
  • 9780199203475
  • 124,698

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Eliot probes deeply into the psychology of commonplace people caught in the act of uncommon heroics. Alexandre Dumas called this novel 'the masterpiece of the century.'
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this was a wonderful novel, layered and beautiful and complex. The fact that I wanted there to be even more of it is a testimony to how good it was. * Jenny Brown, Shelf Love *
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About George Eliot

Carol A. Martin is Professor of English at Boise State University.
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