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George Eliot : A Critic's Biography

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George Eliot (1819-1880) was one of the leading writers of the Victorian period and she remains one of Britain's greatest novelists. This biography offers new insights into Eliot's life and work focusing on the themes, patterns, relationships, feelings and language common to both her life and writing. Barbara Hardy discusses Eliot's relations with parents and siblings, her brave but joyful unmarried partnership with George Henry Lewes, her friendships and her late brief marriage to the younger John Cross. Setting her life and fiction side by side, Hardy reveals Eliot's ideas about society, home, foreignness, nature, gender, religion, sex, illness and death and her experiences as translator, journalist, editor and novelist. Drawing on letters, journals, journalism and the memoirs and biographies written by contemporaries, Hardy brings together a biographical approach with close reading of Eliot's novels to give a combined perspective on her life and art. This book offers students, academics and readers alike an illuminating portrait of George Eliot as a woman and a writer.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 12.7mm | 249.48g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0826485162
  • 9780826485168
  • 935,542

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"'The community of critics and readers interested in Victorian studies can always expect Barbara Hardy to come up with an interesting perspective on texts we all thought had been read thoroughly into familiarity. The beauty of this book is also that a whole range of people could read it, from A level students to Hardy specialists.' NATFHE"show more

About Barbara Hardy

Barbara Hardy is Emeritus Professor of the University of London (Birkbeck), UK, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has written many critical studies, including two books on George Eliot.show more

Table of contents

Preface; Notes on References and Abbreviations; Chronology: An Outline of George Eliot's Life and Writings; 1. Scenes of Family Life. 2. Home, Travel and a Need for Foreignness; 3. Two or Three Love Stories; 4. Acquaintances and Friends; 5. Illness and Death; 6. Words, Objects and Metaphors; Bibliography; Index.show more

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