Romola, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)

Romola, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Romola, Vol. 1 Speaking of the contributions made to literature by her own sex, George Eliot, in a charming essay written in 1854, awards the palm of intellectual pre-eminence to the women of France. They alone, says the great English author, have had a vital influence on the development of literature. For in France alone the mind of woman has passed, like an electric current, through the language, making crisp and definite what is elsewhere heavy and blurred; in France alone, if the writ ings of women were swept away, a serious gap would be made in the national history. The reason assigned by George Eliot for this literary supe riority of Frenchwomen consists in their having had the cour age of their sex. They thought and felt as women, and when they wrote, their books became the fullest expression of their womanhood. And by being true to themselves, by only seek ing inspiration from their own life-experience, instead of ser vilely copying that of men, their letters and memoirs, their novels and pictures, have a distinct, nay, unique, value for the student of art and literature. Englishwomen, on the other hand, have not followed the spontaneous impulses of nature. They have not allowed free play to the peculiarly feminine element, preferring to mould their intellectual products on the masculine pattern. For that reason, says George Eliot, their writings are usually an absurd exaggeration of the masculine style, like the swaggering gait of a bad actress in male attire. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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  • Hardback | 376 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22mm | 653g
  • English
  • 8 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0260033294
  • 9780260033291