ISBN-10: 0140434704

ISBN-13: 9780140434705

Edition: 2nd 1996 (Revised)

Authors: George Eliot, Dorothea Barrett, Dorothea Barrett, George Eliot

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This novel argues George Eliot's most profound and utopian vision of the position of women. Romola's patient subservience to her scholar-father, her unhappy marriage and her spiritual awakening take place in Renaissance Florence.
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List price: $17.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

George Eliot was born Mary Ann Evans on a Warwickshire farm in England, where she spent almost all of her early life. She received a modest local education and was particularly influenced by one of her teachers, an extremely religious woman whom the novelist would later use as a model for various characters. Eliot read extensively, and was particularly drawn to the romantic poets and German literature. In 1849, after the death of her father, she went to London and became assistant editor of the Westminster Review, a radical magazine. She soon began publishing sketches of country life in London magazines. At about his time Eliot began her lifelong relationship with George Henry Lewes. A married man, Lewes could not marry Eliot, but they lived together until Lewes's death. Eliot's sketches were well received, and soon after she followed with her first novel, Adam Bede (1859). She took the pen name "George Eliot" because she believed the public would take a male author more seriously. Like all of Eliot's best work, The Mill on the Floss (1860), is based in large part on her own life and her relationship with her brother. In it she begins to explore male-female relations and the way people's personalities determine their relationships with others. She returns to this theme in Silas Mariner (1861), in which she examines the changes brought about in life and personality of a miser through the love of a little girl. In 1863, Eliot published Romola. Set against the political intrigue of Florence, Italy, of the 1490's, the book chronicles the spiritual journey of a passionate young woman. Eliot's greatest achievement is almost certainly Middlemarch (1871). Here she paints her most detailed picture of English country life, and explores most deeply the frustrations of an intelligent woman with no outlet for her aspirations. This novel is now regarded as one of the major works of the Victorian era and one of the greatest works of fiction in English. Eliot's last work was Daniel Deronda. In that work, Daniel, the adopted son of an aristocratic Englishman, gradually becomes interested in Jewish culture and then discovers his own Jewish heritage. He eventually goes to live in Palestine. Because of the way in which she explored character and extended the range of subject matter to include simple country life, Eliot is now considered to be a major figure in the development of the novel. She is buried in Highgate Cemetery, North London, England, next to her common-law husband, George Henry Lewes.

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A Chronology Of George Eliot
[july 1862] Proem
The Shipwrecked Stranger
A Breakfast for Love
The Barber's Shop
First Impressions
The Blind Scholar and His Daughter
Dawning Hopes
A Learned Squabble
A Face in the Crowd
A Man's Ransom
Under the Plane-Tree
Tito's Dilemma
The Prize is Nearly Grasped
The Shadow of Nemesis
The Peasants' Fair
The Dying Message
A Florentine Joke
Under the Loggia
The Portrait
The Old Man's Hope
The Day of the Betrothal
Florence Expects a Guest
The Prisoners
Inside the Duomo
Outside the Duomo
The Garment of Fear
The Young Wife
The Painted Record
A Moment of Triumph
The Avenger's Secret
Fruit is Seed
A Revelation
Baldassarre Makes an Acquaintance
No Place for Repentance
What Florence Was Thinking of
Ariadne Discrowns Herself
The Tabernacle Unlocked
[february 1863] Chapter XXXVIII the Black Marks Become Magical
A Supper in the Rucellai Gardens
An Arresting Voice
Coming Back
Romola in Her Place
Book III
The Unseen Madonna
The Visible Madonna
At the Barber's Shop
By a Street Lamp
[april 1863] Chapter Xlvii Check
Counter Check
The Pyramid of Vanities
Tessa Abroad and at Home
Monna Brigida's Conversion
[may 1863] Chapter Lii a Prophetess
On San Miniato
The Evening and the Morning
The Other Wife
[june 1863] Chapter Lvii Why Tito Was Safe
A Final Understanding
The Scaffold
Drifting Away
[july 1863] Chapter Lxii the Benediction
Ripening Schemes
The Prophet in His Cell
The Trial by Fire
A Masque of the Furies
Waiting by the River
Romola's Waking
Meeting Again
The Confession
The Last Silence
Explanatory Notes
Glossary Of Italian Words
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