By F. B. Pinion

ISBN-10: 1349042560

ISBN-13: 9781349042562

ISBN-10: 1349042587

ISBN-13: 9781349042586

This serious survey of George Eliot's works contains a biographical advent and a short account of the old occasions that performed a component in her fiction. quite a few quotations from her letters make sure that the main invaluable points of Eliot's proposal are effectively conveyed. An appendix dwells on Eliot's impact on Thomas Hardy.

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George Eliot's Life 43 Her contemporary fame was 'a portentous thing', he adds. Serious thinkers, who despised novels, regarded her writings as 'contributions to philosophical literature'. 'While she lived, critics compared her with Goethe', to the latter's disadvantage. George Eliot was now accepted as the great novelist of the postDickensian period; she had admirers all over the world. By example and encouragement, she and Lewes had stimulated each other to strenuous endeavour and high aims. Her thirst for knowledge was still unquenchable, but they were now content with a quieter life.

Her health had suffered; her work robbed her of joy, and she doubted if she had ever felt 'so chilled and oppressed'. When Thackeray resigned his editorship of The Comhill, Lewes consented to act as consulting editor at £600 per annum, and this new relationship may have weighed with the Leweses when they reached agreement with George Smith. Marian read several chapters of Romola to him one evening; she could not agree to the original offer of serialization in sixteen parts, and a compromise to publish in twelve was accepted, with complete copyright for seven years, at £7,000.

George Lewes, it is thought, came more and more often. Two books by Marian had been announced by Chapman, The Idea of a Future Life and Ludwig Feuerbach's The Essence of Christianity, a translation. Not having time to study for the first, she began the second. Chapman's business was in such a precarious state that she had to insist on his fulfilling his 'engagement' to the public; better to publish without paying her than pay her without publishing. He had offered little more than £30. Feuerbach's apotheosis of human love added warmth to the intellectual altruism of Comte, which formed the basis of the new religion for J.

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