By Tim Dolin
In a landmark essay, Virginia Woolf rescued George Eliot from nearly 4 many years of indifference and scorn while she wrote of the 'searching energy and reflective richness' of Eliot's fiction. Novels akin to Middlemarch and The Mill at the Floss replicate Eliot's advanced and infrequently contradictory principles approximately society, the artist, the position of ladies, and the interaction of technological know-how and faith. during this e-book Tim Dolin examines Eliot's existence and paintings and the social and highbrow contexts during which they built. He additionally explores the diversity of the way within which 'George Eliot' has been recontextualized for contemporary readers, travelers, cinema-goers, and tv viewers.
The ebook features a chronology of Eliot's existence and instances, feedback for extra interpreting, web pages, illustrations, and a entire index.
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Early in she also had an another ﬂirtation, carried on entirely by letter, with Mary Sibree’s brother, John. Her father’s health was declining rapidly by now, and she was far from well herself, nervous and cramped by the drudgery of nursing and the pettiness of provincial society, while intellectual controversies to which she had contributed something herself in her translation of Strauss were as far out of her reach as the Europe that was exploding in revolutions. Sibree was studying for the ministry, reading Strauss, and ﬁnding his faith dangerously unsteady.
The Nemesis of Faith was published by John Chapman, who described himself as a ‘publisher of works notable for their intellectual freedom’ (Biography, p. ). Chapman had also published the translation of Strauss, and he was to play an important role in the next phase of Mary Ann Evans’s life. Robert Evans did not die until May , however, and the drawn-out ﬁnal months of his life left Mary Ann on the verge of nervous illness. Immediately after the funeral, she jumped at the chance the Brays oﬀered her to spend some time in Europe.
Whether or not his political idealism aﬀected his business prospects during the downturn in the ribbon trade in the s is unclear, but he went out of business in and was forced to sell Rosehill. It was not the political radicalism of Charles Bray and Mary Hennell that revolutionized Mary Ann Evans’s thinking, however, but Bray’s iconoclastic rationalism in matters of religious faith. On November , shortly after her ﬁrst visit to Rosehill, Mary Ann wrote tantalizingly to Maria Lewis: ‘My whole soul has been engrossed in the most interesting of all enquiries for the last few days, and to what result my thoughts may lead I know not––possibly to one that will startle you, but my only desire is to know the truth, my only fear to cling to error’ (Letters, i.
George Eliot (Authors in Context) (Oxford World's Classics) by Tim Dolin